Kim Savage

Kim  Savage

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, on the South Shore, which sounds beachy, even luxe. Think Winnebagos and chicken coops. My three brothers, 16, 10, and 8 years older, were teens by the time I became a person. Happiest around adults, who often forgot I was there, I spent days eavesdropping on gossipy moms in lawn chairs and nights listening under the table during tipsy Scrabble parties. My dad read to me nightly. Eventually and early, I read to myself, everywhere. On top of an enormous freezer chest stuffed with meat. On drives until I grew nauseous. In bed until my eyes gave out. I read anything I could get my hands on. V.C. Andrews and Dickens. Black Beauty and the Bible. The Economist. Madeline L’Engle and Margaret Atwood. National Geographic. I got a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University. For a while, I worked as a business journalist. Instead of waiting for the Federal Reserve to release the Beige Book, I pitched story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You see where things were headed. Today, I live with my family northwest of Boston in a town a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells reservation of AFTER THE WOODS. Born with dysgeographica—I’m directionally challenged—the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to my skin.

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Beautiful Broken Girls (Released 2/17)

Beautiful Broken Girls (Released 2/17)
Mystery, 9780374300593
Recommended for teens

Mira and Francesca Cillo were beautiful, overprotected by their father, and, frankly, odd. To the neighborhood boys they seemed untouchable. But one boy, Ben, touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira arrives in Ben's mailbox. The letter sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca's strange world, and he discovers that some things are better left untouched.

After the Woods

After the Woods
Mystery, 9780374300555
Recommended for teens

On the eve of the year anniversary of the Shiverton Abduction, two former best friends grapple with the consequences of that event



When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Kim answered Best Eyes. Funny and mildly tragic at the same time, because my dirty little secret is that I've been incredibly nearsighted since fifth grade. My prescription is minus 10, which means I cannot see anything without contacts or glasses. Anything. At all. Best, and...ineffective..

Other Fun Facts

  • I have a double-jointed baby toe.
  • I am renown for my klutziness, yet my cousin is one of the most fabulous ballerinas of our time.
  • I'm afraid of sharing soap.
  • I had my path to a national spelling bee cut short in sixth grade when I caught the chicken pox and am still bitter.
  • My childhood pet was a chicken named Shorty.