Karsten Knight

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. Thus, WILDEFIRE (2011, Simon & Schuster) and its two igneous sequels, EMBERS & ECHOES (2012) and AFTERGLOW (forthcoming, 2013) were born. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city.

Quirky writing habit: 
Pacing. Lots and lots of pacing. I'm surprised I don't have nicer calves.

Every flame begins with a spark.

Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California's redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life--it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was searching for.

Because terrifying, supernatural beasts roam the forests around campus.
Because the murderer from Ashline's hometown--her own sister--has followed her across the country.
Because a group of reincarnated gods and goddesses has been mysteriously summoned to Blackwood...

...and Ashline is one of them.