Author Chat with Kristin Cashore (There Is a Door in This Darkness), Plus Giveaway~ US ONLY!

Today we are very excited to share an interview with author Kristin Cashore!

Read on to learn more about the author, the book, and a giveaway!




Meet the Author: Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm–GracelingFire, and Bitterblue–have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.

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About the Book: There Is a Door in This Darkness

A magic-tinged contemporary YA about grief and hope from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm novels.


Wilhelmina Hart is part of the infamous class of 2020. Her high school years began with the election of Donald Trump and they ended with COVID. Now Wilhelmina, like so many of her peers, is in limbo, having deferred college because of the pandemic. Compounding the national trauma of 2016 to 2020, Wilhelmina has wrestled with the devastating loss of one of her three beloved aunts shortly after the 2016 election. This is a loss she felt so keenly that she’s spent the last years deep in her personal depression, only obscured by the seemingly endless waves of national trauma. Now on the cusp on the most consequential election in living memory, Wilhelmina may have found a door in her darkness and perhaps the courage to pass through it, if she can decipher the bizarre messages that keep appearing in her life.





~Author Chat~


YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

There Is a Door in This Darkness includes three elderly aunts who are a little bit more than they seem at first. Their names are Frankie, Margaret, and Esther, and the way they operate as a unit is one of my favorite things about the book. I think I also love them because my main character, Wilhelmina, has a relationship with them that changes in important ways as the book progresses.


YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

The idea for the novel, and a couple drafts of the novel itself, existed before I figured out the title, but I think they came into being together!


YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

There’s a moment in the back half of the book when a few clues come together for Wilhelmina and she has a startling realization about one of the people in her life. It happens at the top of the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston. I’m fond of that moment!


YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Maybe it’s also one of the most important things I’ve learned as a human: Feelings are important, they always visit for a reason and they deserve space to exist and be heard – but they don’t necessarily tell the truth. So, if I’m feeling pessimistic about my writing on any particular day, or doubtful, or grouchy, or hopeless, that’s a feeling I should let into the room; I should sit that feeling down next to me and let them hang out; but I should also keep writing, and see how I feel about it tomorrow. Or stop writing for the day, and try again tomorrow. It takes more than one passing mood to determine whether a piece of writing is working or not! It takes patience and persistence, and it’s best to remember to be gentle with your feelings.


YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

My cover, designed by Jessica Jenkins and Theresa Evangelista, is beautiful. I love a lot of things about it, including that it’s a maze and it’s shaped like a door; including that it’s a door that is built into a painting that looks like a sky. I think my favorite thing about it, though, is the layered aspect. If you look close, the maze is cut out of the sky-like painting, and gold is shining through from behind. I love this!


YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?

I loved So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow. It’s a retelling of Little Women in which the March sisters live in the Freedpeople’s Colony of Roanoke Island, a haven for the recently emancipated, as the Civil War rages on. This book does something extraordinary. It tells a good story, one quite different from the original, drawing from a history of great suffering, yet hopeful — and yet it does so while capturing the heart and the spirit of the original — and while fixing all the little things about the original that annoy me! It was a slow read for me, I took it in gradually, and by the end, I was in love.


YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I have three different books in revisions right now and a fourth in the planning stages. I can’t talk details yet, but I’m writing some non-Graceling Realm stuff, and some Graceling Realm stuff.


YABC:    Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

The president of the United States!




Title: There Is a Door in This Darkness

Author: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: June 11, 2024

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

ISBN-13: 9780803739994

Genre: Young Adult fiction

Age Range: 12 and up




~ Giveaway Details ~


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4 thoughts on “Author Chat with Kristin Cashore (There Is a Door in This Darkness), Plus Giveaway~ US ONLY!”

  1. Autumn says:

    I am really excited for this one!

  2. I love this cover and I think my daughter and I would both enjoy reading this!

  3. The cover is eye-catching and this sounds unique and intriguing.

  4. madeleine says:

    Love the interview with tinge author!

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