Kate Brauning is an author of young adult thrillers with a twist of the unusual, including How We Fall and the short story “Godzilla Girls.” As a child, she spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. She grew up in the hills of Missouri on twenty acres with a big pear tree, cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and bottle calves. An incurable love for seeing real life through the pages of a book drew her to writing fiction, and at fifteen she decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since, and she’s not going to stop until she can no longer put one word after another.
Currently Kate lives in Austin, Texas, with her family and her Siberian husky, Willow. In her spare time, she travels, works on her baking skills, hunts down new music, and reads just about everything. Kate loves people, dark chocolate, snorkeling, feminism, everything about autumn, bright colors, grassroots social action, red maple trees, superstitions, advocating for human rights, ghost stories, night skies, equality, pie, and talking about books. She’s working hard on her next few novels, and if you see her, say hello, because she’d love to take you out for coffee and ask you what you’re reading.
Find Kate at her website here and follow her on Twitter @KateBrauning
- StandaloneThe Ballad of Dinah CaldwellKate Brauning
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The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell
"The evocative worldbuilding and action-packed opening will suck readers in.... A thriller that takes on enduring questions of loyalty, vengeance, justice, and equity."
"An excellent combination of action and romance will hook readers into this dystopian revenge thriller."
"Dinah is absolutely relatable as a mess of fury, grief, lust, righteous indignation, and clumsy, albeit well-intentioned choices."
"Readers who like raw, post-apocalyptic types of books will like a lot of things about THE BALLAD OF DINAH CALDWELL."
“Kate Brauning delivers a stunning symphony through her evocative prose, diverse characters, and unrelenting action. The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell will strike unforgettable notes in the hearts and minds of readers from the first to final page!"
Darcy Woods, award-winning author of Summer of Supernovas
“A fiery shot of family, perseverance, and a bit of moonshine.”
Chelsea Mueller, author of Prom House
How We Fall
"An unusual combination of romance and suspense.... This quest for identity, wrapped up in an intriguing mystery, hooks from the beginning."
"Heartbreaking and well paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters.... Brauning's characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller...this title will raise eyebrows and capture the interest of teens."
"Debut novelist Brauning tells a touching story of young, star-crossed lovers caught in a drama they have tried hard to avoid.... A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil."
"In this debut novel, Brauning gives readers both a mystery and a story of forbidden love [...] Teen readers will [...] get caught up in the story and find the nontraditional romance intriguing."
“Unique and taboo romances have a way of twisting and tearing at our hearts and emotions, and that’s just what HOW WE FALL did to me. It was both sexy and sweet, fun and thrilling.”