R.K. Grant is an up-and-coming YA fantasy author whose novels reflect her signature mix of great characters, intriguing romance, and high-action suspense. She has had dozens of fiction and non-fiction published in magazines and internet venues, including New Era, The Friend, and Guideposts for Kids, and she is a member of SCBWI and Storymakers. She has also been on the boards of the Storymakers Conference and The Teen Writers Conference for a combined total of fifteen years.
R.K. Grant has always been a writer. In fact, on her tenth birthday she received a typewriter, finally making it possible for her to officially plunk out her stories. But it was not until she was in the sixth grade that her desire to become a writer became her life’s goal. At that time, her teacher was reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders to the class, especially the part where Hinton’s character, Johnny, urged another character, Ponyboy, to stay “gold” (Hinton 178)*. That’s when R.K. Grant realized she wanted to be an author when she grew up. She also wanted her own novels to do what The Outsiders did: encourage her readers to stay gold, or as she prefers to think of it, to hold onto the greatness within them.
From then on, she wrote all the time. Most of her manuscripts were short stories and poetry (she can still quote lines she wrote as a young teen about a garden weed), and her first published story—a ya fantasy!—was included in her high school’s newsletter. Besides writing, including working as a college radio station script writer, she read a lot of books and she studied the writing craft every chance she had. Now, even with multiple publications under her belt, she still studies her craft through taking classes, reading a lot of books, and watching a lot of movies. Some of them multiple times. Because she learns a lot from them. And because they’re fun.
Facts at a glance:
- Birthday: April 20
- Hobbies: Reading, writing, and music, though not necessarily in that order. She also enjoys traveling the world with her husband in search for new stories and settings.
- Favorite book: Too many to name, but I am a big YA fantasy fan. I love the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games, and The Selection series. Oh, and Defy, and—like I said, there are too many to name.
- Miscellaneous: R.K. Grant also writes romantic suspense as Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen.
- Final note: R.K. Grant loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on Instagram (click the link in the sidebar) or contact her through her contact page.
*Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Penguin Group, 1967.