Press Kit


Kate Ristau is an author, folklorist, and the executive director of Willamette Writers. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington post, and she is the author of the middle grade series, Clockbreakers, and the young adult series, Shadow Girl. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in a house in Oregon, where they found a sword behind the water heater and fairies in the backyard. You can find her online at

Clockbreakers: Asterion’s Curse Blurb

“I can show you what it can really do. It’s unbelievable power. Your strength. Together, we can bend time and space.”

On her eleventh birthday, Charlie receives a magic key to go back in time. But before she blows out her candles, she rolls her wheelchair right into Ancient Greece with her best friend Maria and her former best friend Trent. She’s a Clockbreaker on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world.

Clockbreakers Two: Morrigan’s Revenge Blurb

Charlie’s dad is gone, and she’s on a magic adventure to get him back! But first – fifth grade. She rolls her wheelchair into her classroom and then straight into an Ancient Irish battle. But this is not the time travel she expected. Betrayed by her friends, Charlie faces the wrath of the goddess, Morrigan, and the warriors think she is one of the fairies. Can Cuchulain — the hero of Irish folklore — help? Or will she be trapped back in an ancient myth forever?

Interviews and Video

NBC Interview: Explore character development with me on the Portland Today Show.

YouTube: Follow me on YouTube to learn more about writing and the writing process. These videos are short and to the point.

Storytelling: Come hear me tell you a story with Portland Story Theater.

Interview with Toastmasters: Hear me discuss writing and folklore with Ken Coomes on Toastmasters.

Sample of articles about Kate Ristau

Article in Publisher’s Weekly

Article in The Oregonian

Powell’s — Best Kids’ Books of 2016

NW Kids Magazine — Top Family Pick

Article in The Daily News

Article in The Geneseo Republic

Article in NW Book Lovers

Sample of Podcasts

Bold: My writing podcast.

Storytellers Telling Stories: Listen in as I tell you a few stories.

Artslandia: Online with Susannah Mars and Erin Fitzpatrick Bjorn.

Author Magazine: Interview with Bill Kenower

Praise for Clockbreakers

“Kate Ristau’s first novel in the Clockbreakers series is a fast-paced, super-fun story that mixes myth, science fiction, and reality beautifully. Charlie is smart and spunky and her infectious voice sweeps you along, through labyrinths, across deserts, in and out of time — and the fact of her wheelchair is handled wonderfully, as a part of her character, not an impairment to it.”
-Gigi Little, editor of City of Weird

“Clockbreakers gets started quickly and doesn’t let up! Twists and surprises around every corner (literally!) and a diverse cast of characters, both human and not.”
-Teresa Klepinger, author of Cliffhanger Writing Prompts

“Yes, it’s a time travel book, but it’s also a heart travel book, a book about friendship, forgiveness, courage, and the powers waiting to be discovered in each one of us.”
-Kathleen Lane, author of The Best Worst Thing

“Ristau does an amazing job of weaving Greek mythology into this story, leaving the reader (like myself!) curious to know more. Clockbreakers will play out like a movie in your head…and I’m ready for the sequel!”
-Erin Ritch, author of Myth

Shadow Girl Blurb

Áine lives in the light, but she is haunted by darkness, and when her fey powers blaze out of control, she escapes into the Shadowlands. But she cannot outrun her past. Fire fey and a rising darkness threaten the light, burning a path across the veil. Her fiery dreams come to life, and with the help of Hennessy, an uninhibited Irish girl, Áine dives into the flames to discover who she truly is. Her mother burned to keep her secret safe, and now Áine wields the deadly Eta. She must learn to fight in the shadows — or die in the flames. This is not a fairy tale.

Shadow Girl Praise

“A determined girl from Faerie meets a frank, funny Irish girl in a delightfully fresh fairytale of old meeting new.”

-Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin

“A fun, engaging, and unique magical adventure.”

-Jen Violi, author of Putting Makeup on Dead People

“This is a coming of age narrative involving fairies, but it’s no Disney movie. The magic is considerably nastier and relationships more realistic and slippery. The folklore that Ristau pulls from is older, darker stuff; a heady mix of British Isles mythology, cosmology, and history.” 

-Folklorist Charlie McNabb 

“A fast-paced adventure with a fresh voice.” 

-Molly Ringle, author of Persephone’s Orchard

“This is not a fairy tale. Don’t expect fairy wings, but it is filled with magic, folklore, witty dialogue and epic storytelling.” 

-Librarian Robert G. Monge 

“An entertaining, magical read.” 

-Joanna Bartlett, author of The Awesomely Amazing Adventures of Cherry: Butterfly Buddies 

“I love it when a book surprises me. Shadowgirl kept surprising me all the way to the last page.” 

-Maren Bradley Anderson, author of Fuzzy Logic 

“Fast moving and witty, Shadow Girl pulls on a journey from fey lands into our world through the eyes of Ainé , a mysterious girl on a mission.”

-LeeAnn McLennan, author of The Dormant Series


Author: Kate [at] kateristau [dot] com



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Book Covers


Morrigan's Revenge Cover, girl on ground, goddess over her with crows