LATEST UPDATE
October 2, 2014: Updated upcoming events, bio, and other small tweaks throughout.

As always, more content, links, etc. still to come, whenever I have time to add them. Additional links to other author sites and pages of interest can be found on my blog.



NEW & FORTHCOMING TITLES

EVIL LIBRARIAN
(YA novel)
Candlewick Press, 9-9-2014

MARILYN'S MONSTER
(picture book)
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, Spring 2015

THE MAGE OF TRELIAN
aka Trelian book 3, finally! :)
(middle grade novel)
Candlewick Press, Fall 2015

Welcome

Hi, there and thanks for visiting! This site contains information about me and my work. I'm the author of forty-four books for young readers, with more on the way. I'm also a freelance children's book editor and writing coach (see my editing page for rates and terms).

For general news, occasional rambling, and additional information, please visit my blog.

I hope you enjoy looking around and that you'll come back soon to see what's new!



EVIL LIBRARIAN IS HERE!

My new book (and debut YA novel) was released into the world on September 9, 2014! Here are some of the reviews:

Hysterical! Smart and funny, with a little drama, a little romance, and just the right touch of evil.
— Stephenie Meyer, author of the bestselling Twilight Saga

Snappily narrated, tightly plotted and generally just right. Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights.
Kirkus Reviews

[A] self-aware supernatural dramedy... The writing is clever, the tone wry, and the stakes high, with surprises that keep the plot unpredictable. Cyn’s internal monologue provides plenty of amusement, especially when her hormones threaten to overpower her common sense. It’s an entertaining tale with room for future installments.
Publishers Weekly

"If Louise Rennison and Christopher Moore had a bibliographic love child it would be this cheekily narrated supernatural offering."
School Library Journal


Where Can You Get Yours?

I always encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, but you can also find Evil Librarian in Barnes & Noble or online at whatever virtual bookstore you prefer.

If you want a signed/personalized book, you should order from WORD in Brooklyn, so I can stop over there and sign it for you before they mail it out. :)



UPCOMING EVENTS & APPEARANCES

Friday, October 10, 2014, 5:00pm: I'll be on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tribute Panel(!!!) at New York Comic Con in NYC.

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm: Debut Spotlight: First Time Authors of Fantastic Teen Fiction at Books of Wonder in NYC.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014: EVIL LIBRARIAN Skype party at Steele Memorial Library in Chemung County, NY.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1:00pm: EVIL LIBRARIAN book signing at the New York Public Library shop in the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in NYC.

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00pm: Skullduggery event for middle grade and YA readers at Book Court in Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, October 25, 11:00am: I'll be speaking with fellow YA author Steve Brezenoff at theTexas Book Festival in Austin, TX.

Saturday, November 15, 2014: I'll be signing books at the 18th annual Rochester's Children's Book Festival in Rochester, NY.



Want a signed book?

If you can't make it to one of my book signings, you can still get yourself a signed, personalized book (or get one for someone else as a gift, or get a whole bunch of signed books for a whole bunch of nice people). Here is how to do it:

Use the link below to get to the special page WORD (my awesome local bookstore) has set up for ordering signed copies of my books. Once there, you can select the books you want, and when you place the order, put a note in the comments field saying that you would like the books signed and describing how you would like them personalized (e.g., "For Margaret," or "Happy Birthday, Timmy!"). You can also say "signature only," if you want a book signed but not personalized.

WORD will let me know that someone has requested signed books, and I'll head over to the store and sign the book or books per your order. If you live in the area, you can pick up the book(s) at the store; otherwise, WORD will ship them out to you.

Here is the link: www.wordbrooklyn.com/michelle-knudsen

If you have any questions about how this works, please feel free to email me. You can also contact WORD by phone or email and ask them book-ordering-related questions.



AWARD NEWS!

Big Mean Mike is the winner of the 2013 Irma Black Award! You can read more about the award here.

Big Mean Mike has also been selected for the Children's Choices 2013 Reading List!

Big Mean Mike was a finalist in the Children's Choice Book Awards and the
WINNER of the Magnolia Award (Mississippi Children's Choice) in the K-2 category and the Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin Children's Choice) in the primary category!

It was also selected as one of Amazon's Best Picture Books of 2012!



Have you read THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN yet?

The Princess of Trelian is the sequel to The Dragon of Trelian, so if you haven't read Dragon, you should read that first! Both are available from Indiebound or Barnes and Noble or your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore. Ebook versions of both are also available. As always, I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore whenever possible!

Here is a direct link to The Princess of Trelian on Indiebound.

And here's a direct link to the Google ebooks version of The Dragon of Trelian. It's also available in paperback, hardcover, and other ebook formats.



From the reviews:

"Wonderful characters ... fluid writing .... Fans will eagerly await the climactic confrontation between forces in the next book." —The Horn Book

"Engaging take on traditional fantasy." —Booklist

"It is a pleasure to revisit two such appealing protagonists." —Kirkus



And see what other readers have to say so far on Goodreads.