Kate Branden | About
Kate Branden, writer of YA fiction - fantasies, mysteries, and thrillers
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Hi, my name is Kate.


I write young adult speculative fiction ranging from cozy mysteries with ghosts to supernatural thrillers with immortals and shapeshifters. I also write weird and creepy short stories, the stranger the better. In January 2018, I graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing from the Children’s and Young Adult program. My manuscript, THE LOCKSMITH, won the 2017 SCBWI Work-in-Progress award for YA Fiction.

I grew up in and around Detroit, Michigan, and headed east for college at Drew University. Since then I’ve lived in New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle, and now make my home in rural Utah, just south of Park City, with my husband, cat, and dog. I’m a voracious reader across age ranges and genres, and a bit of a television junkie. I’m also a certified personal trainer (ACE) and yoga instructor (RYT-500). I keep a regular yoga practice, love to hike, and sometimes I knit.


Quick Facts: I’m mixed White/Filipino. My pronouns are she/her. I’m an INFJ/P, a Gryffinclaw, and a Gemini.

Favorite Songs: Just Like Heaven by The Cure, Learning to Fly by Tom Petty

Favorite Movies: The Italian Job, Practical Magic, Arrival, Good Will Hunting

Favorite currently airing television shows: Mindhunter, Grey’s Anatomy, Stranger Things, Wynonna Earp, The Americans, The Good Place, Life Sentence

Favorite Books: THE BLUE SWORD and SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley, BONE GAP by Laura Ruby, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor, THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater, everything by Sarah J. Maas, SPIRIT AND DUST and TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys, THE ONION GIRL by Charles de Lint, LULLABY by Chuck Palahnuik, THE HALLOWEEN TREE by Ray Bradbury, THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING by Melissa Bank