on beyond “this wasted land”

First off, let me say THANK YOU! to everyone who’s purchased and read This Wasted Land, my young adult dark fantasy novel, that was officially released just after Thanksgiving.  Because of you and readers like you, it’s been a success. 

If you’ve enjoyed TWL, please leave a review on Amazon.  Reviews are more than just pats on the back for the author: they help other people find out about great books. 


Throughout the holiday season, I had several book signings in Chester, Centreville, and Queenstown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  TWL and my other books–the novels Dragontamer’s Daughters and Lost Dogs, as well as the children’s picture book Our Wild Place–sold well.

In particular, I must thank Liza Veloz and her excellent staff at Book Warehouse for their warm welcome and all the support they gave me. They’re currently carrying TWL in stock, and I’ll hold more signings with them in 2019. 

The next time you’re passing by the Queenstown Premium Outlets (say, on your way to Ocean City), pop in and check out the store. It has a good selection, fantastic discount prices that can’t be beat, and smart, fun-loving people working there!       


From the Kent Island Bay Times (January 2, 2019)

What’s Next After This Wasted Land

Writing TWL took much longer and was much harder than I thought it was going to be (you can read about it here), so I’m taking a few weeks off from writing, to recharge and to prep for the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, where I will be presenting a seminar on selling books. 

The 22nd annual BTO is a one-day event, to be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Chesapeake Community College in Wye Mills, MD. 

If you’re a writer (or always wanted to be) and you’ll be in the area at that time, drop everything and register now. I’ve attended several times, and this year’s programming line up is the best yet, with many accomplished, outstanding presenters. 

(Fair warning: If you go to my seminar and sit in the front row, you will become part of the show)


For the rest of 2019, I’ll be focusing on serving as President of the Eastern Shore Writers Association, the organization that puts on BTO.  It’s my goal to have ESWA host several talks and one-day programs for Eastern Shore writers and readers.  I’ll let you know more about those as they develop.

Before I tackle my next novel, I’ll cleanse my writing palate by publishing a short non-fiction piece that I’ve been meaning to get to. I can’t say much about it right now, other than it’s about the book biz. 

And then….  


…and then, I’ll start working on Stray Cats, a spin-off of Lost Dogs. For years, my readers who are animal lovers have asked me to “do one for cats,” so I will.

Just as Lost Dogs was told from the point of view of Buddy, a German Shepherd living on Kent Island, Stray Cats chronicles the adventures of Pimmi, a black Domestic Shorthair, across the “nine realities” mentioned in This Wasted Land.


If you’ve read Lost Dogs or This Wasted Land, you’ve already met Pimmi, who encounters Buddy in the former, and Alyx in the latter.

Stray Cats is going to be lighter in tone than either novel, more “fun,” and it will offer many great new characters, feline, human, and otherwise.  Readers of Dragontamer’s Daughters, and followers of my Warhammer 40K fan site the Jungle will see some familiar faces, as well….

That’s all for now. Thanks again for making TWL a success, for spreading the word about it, and for reviewing it on Amazon!  It couldn’t be what it is without you.

(Read Chapter 1 of This Wasted Land for free here)


Kenton Kilgore writes kickass SF/F for young adults and adults who are still young.  In addition to This Wasted Land, he is the author of Lost Dogs, the story of the end of the world as seen, heard–and smelled–by a dog. 

He also wrote Dragontamer’s Daughters, like Little House on the Prairie…with dragons!  With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Place, a children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.  

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