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From the Shadows


"… an instant classic with all the desired ingredients for great young adult fiction…"

"… a thoughtful, intelligent work that balances characters and ideas with an unrelenting plot."

Warriors' Tale


"…a beautifully sculpted work of science fiction that delves into the complexities of human emotion through characters who battle grief, explore romantic ties, and defy global suppression."
— Chanticleer Book Reviews

"10/10 Shaw weaves a tale that will make readers believe in the human race again… a well-written, fast-paced story perfect for reluctant and avid readers alike." — VOYA

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KB Shaw I grew up in small Wisconsin towns. Due to my father's work, I attended two grade schools and three high schools. I have fond memories of each.

I have always loved reading science fiction. In fact, the first book I remember checking out from the library on my own was The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth about a boy who find a dinosaur egg… and it hatches!

When I was a little older, I discovered André Norton's Catseye — a thrilling scifi adventure about a young man who becomes involved with spies and telepathic animals when he takes a job in an intergalactic pet shop. 

The first book I ever bought was in school, from the Scholastic Book Club. It was paperback copy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for a whopping 35¢. I still have that book and the other two I ordered. I was so proud to have bought it with my own money that I saved the order form inside the book.
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The Hardy Boys turned me on to mysteries and Mark Twain to humor. I really didn't read many superhero comic books such as Superman and Batman. I preferred The Phantom and Uncle Scrooge adventures.

DesignMy high school and college reading took me into Robert Heinlein, Douglas Adams, and Michael Crichton. Authors such as Philip Pullman and J. K. Rowling brought me back to reading YA fiction.

I spent the first fifteen years of my adult life as a theater designer, director, actor, and playwright and I taught at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Arizona State University.

With the introduction of the Macintosh computer, I moved into graphic design and computer education. I created the interface and more than 600 educational programs for the EduNet Network, and hosted live educational broadcasts into K-12 classroom across the country. I have also written nearly 900 video scripts for Pearson Education.

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From the Shadows

Receive a free PDF evaluation copy of From the Shadows or Neworld Papers by sending a request to:

K.B.Shaw [at] icloud [dot] com

from your school or library email address.

Warriors' Tale


These are just a few of the Middle Grade and YA authors I like.
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Bruce Coville

Jasper Fforde

Pete Hautman

Carl Hiaasen

David Lubar

William Nicholson

Amy K. Nichols

Aprilynne Pike

Philip Pullman

Rick Riordan

J. K. Rowling

Sonja Stone


Presentations & Workshops

Want to schedule me for a presentation, workshop, panel or school visit? Contact me at kbshaw [@] cox [dot] net.

Virtual Classroom Visit 
(15 - 45 min.)

Schedule a virtual classroom visit via Facetime or Skype. Available Tuesday through Thursday. I'll also be happy to visit local schools in person :-)

World Building — It’s in Every Book 
(1 hr or longer presentation or workshop)

World building isn’t just a requirement of science fiction and fantasy. From mystery to romance to memoir, your characters live in a time and place specific to them. The presentation covers the three types of world building as well as the raw materials and tools of world building. A must for anyone who writes stories.

So, You’ve Finished Your Book… Now What?
(1 hr presentation)

Writing your book is just the beginning of your work. Agents, and publishers,  and platforms… Oh, my!  So, You’ve Finished Your Book… Now What? is an overview of the myriad tasks and decisions that lie ahead.  Whether you’ve finished your book or are still working on it, this is a discussion you shouldn’t miss.


Sat. June 23, 2018 — Barnes & Noble

Booksigning at the Chandler Fashion Square Barnes & Noble. DATE: June 23. TIME: Noon - 2:00pm.

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Tues. Feb 20, 2018 — New Library-Accessible Editions

TEACHERS & LIBRARIANS: I'm happy to announce the publication of new paperback editions of From the Shadows and Neworld Papers. Neworld Papers will combine "The Historian's Tale" and "The Warriors' Tale" into a single, 538 page edition and will be available as a hardcover book as well.

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Tues. Feb 6, 2018 — Parchment & Prose Writers Group

I'll be conducting my Styling Your Manuscript workshop from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Ironwood Library located at 4333 E. Chandler Blvd, Ahwatukee. Bring your laptops and a copy of your manuscript.

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Sat. Feb 3, 2018 — West Valley Writers Group

I'll be conducting my Styling Your Manuscript workshop from Noon - 3:00pm at the Avondale Civic Center Library, in the Zane Grey Room. Bring your laptops and a copy of your manuscript.

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Sun. Jan 21, 2018 — Society of Southwestern Authors (Tucson)

I'll be giving my World Building — It's in Every Book presentation from 1:00 - 2:00pm at the Hotel Tucson City Center.

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