a photo of k.t. ivanrest
Not my real hair. Alas!

Look, it’s a page about me! Readers, ye be warned.

As a child, I wanted to be a cat or a horse when I grew up. Alas, neither of these miraculous transformations came to pass, so instead I wrote stories about them. Almost immediately, the horses became unicorns and the cats sprouted wings and developed storm powers. It happens, right?

Then came the Lord of the Rings movies, my introduction to the world of serious fantasy. I started writing LOTR fanfiction, sewing shirts with giant sleeves, and wearing my hair elf-style. Really, it’s a miracle my parents let me out of the house at all. (As you can see from the author photo, not a lot has changed.)

I spent my early LOTR phase wanting to be an elf, and it was a long time before I accepted and then embraced that I’m actually a hobbit (with a side of beach obsession; thank you, Michigan). Now I write adult fantasy full of flying stingrays and squirrel-dragons, courage and hope, and powerful friendships. Most importantly, I write about loving yourself as you are—but also loving yourself enough to believe that you can dare to be more.

Fun facts about me:

  • I’m the keeper of the family Chex Mix recipe, having inherited this prestigious role from my dad (who inherited it from my grandma).
  • I have strabismus, which means I can only focus one eye at a time.
  • I have a mild obsession with manul cats and lynxes.
  • I once wore an Elizabethan-style riding hat to a graduate Latin seminar.
  • I actually like The Phantom Menace.
  • I’m neither an early bird nor a night owl. Sleep in, go to bed early.
  • My favorite movies include A Few Good Men and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
  • I love boots. A lot.
  • Also bubble tea.
  • And chocolate.
  • I’m Catholic and own WAY too many rosaries.
  • Just kidding; you can never own too many rosaries.
  • I’ve been using the same flip phone since 2007.
  • I’m a (mostly) retired cosplayer and a not-retired seamstress. Ask me about my fabric collection.
  • I have a PhD in Classical Studies, which will come in handy when aliens finally make contact and it turns out they speak Latin.

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