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Darby Karchut's debut novel, the award-winning Griffin Rising, (Twilight Times Books) was published June 2011.
All her life, the archetypal hero and his journey have enthralled Darby Karchut. A native of New Mexico, Darby grew up in a family that venerated books and she spent her childhood devouring one fantasy novel after another. Fascinated by mythologies from around the world, she attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in anthropology. After moving to Colorado, she then earned a Master’s in education and became a social studies teacher.
Drawing from her extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today.
Darby is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, where she still teaches at a local junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather.
Book two, Griffin's Fire (Twilight Times Books) will be released April 15, 2012. She is currently working on book three, Griffin's Storm (Twilight Times Books).
Her debut MG book, Finn Finnegan, (Spencer Hill Press) will be released March 11, 2013.