De Kenyon

Biography

Are you a kid who threatens the monsters under your bed, even when you're scared?

Do you know exactly what to do if zombies attack--grab a shotgun and run?

Do your parents say things like, "Do you ever sit still? Really?" but then have to shake you in order to get your attention while you're reading or playing a video game?

Would you like to decorate your room in skulls and bunnies?

If so, then have I got stories for you.

I grew up telling my brother and cousins stories on our farm whenever we got bored. I would start up the story, and everybody would act it out. We got in lots of fights over who was boss of the story, and I lost a lot of time. I once got so mad that I told my brother we were playing hide and seek instead and locked him in the shed where he was hiding. I think he forgave me…eventually.

My first novel, Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, lets you choose how you’re going to fight a zombie invasion. Warning: you die. Sometimes, you turn into a zombie and then you die. But can you save the world before you kick the bucket? See any major bookstore in order to buy a copy.

“This is how I like my zombies: fast and funny. Choose this book, and you won’t be choosing your doom. You’ll be choosing hours of gooey, gory hilarity.”
- Steve Hockensmith, New York Times best-selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

My real name is DeAnna Knippling, which I use when I’m writing scary, space/science fiction, or fantasy books for grownups. My husband’s last name is Kenyon (and so is my daughter’s), so that’s the last name I use when I’m writing books for kids. I have a website at www.dekenyon.com.

Where to find De Kenyon online


Books

The Secret of the Cellar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween
Elly always gets stuck with entertaining her relatives while their parents talk to her mom. Blah, blah, blah. It goes on for hours. But this time, she worked and worked to make a special surprise for her visiting cousins...a haunted house in the basement! With a super-duper, extra-gross surprise in the spooky cellar.
Exotics #3: The Subterranean Sanctuary
Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,620. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Returning home again after the terrible events at Xanadu House, Rachael Baptiste has learned not to trust humans...because they might be part of the Lighthouse Parents, a hostile group out to arrest and destroy the Exotics.
Guinea Pig Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
Galileo’s mad-scientist parents have done it again: invented something that got completely out of control. This time, it’s a matter replicator in their basement. And a squirrel army out to get rid of the humans. And lots...and LOTS of Guinea pigs out of sewage. Yuck!
The Boy Who Would Not Sleep
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Just before the men in Nickolas's family grow up, they fall into a deep sleep...and serve a local dragon in their dreams. Tired of being teased, Nickolas makes a vow: he will not sleep. Now he's learning the consequences of disobeying a dragon...
The Mighty Mountain of Theornin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Astra knows what she’s good at: thieving, tricking, and hitting people with rocks. Especially the mayor’s bullying son, after he makes fun of her. She also knows what she’s not good at: being a girl. Not the kind of girl that lives in the tiny mountain village of Theornin, anyway. So logically that means making Wizard Jorphen change her into a boy.
Beware the Easter Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Colin’s tired of his mean, bullying Grandpa stealing kids’ chocolate Easter eggs. So he hatches a plan to make his Grandpa eat one of last year’s Easter eggs. One of the regular kind. That stinks when it gets rotten. It was a terrible plan. But it was also a great plan. He just shouldn’t have gone outside at the farm to get the egg on the night of the full moon before Easter.
The Girl and the Genie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
In this fairy tale, a girl finds a magic bottle with a genie inside (she can tell there’s a genie inside, because she can see it having adventures), but the genie won’t come out to give her wishes. What does she do? She goes inside... (For children 8 to 12 years old.)
Exotics #2: Xanadu House
Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,360. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
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After saving her half-human, half-animal friends, Rachael comes down with the Exotics virus. As a new Exotic, Rachael can’t control the change, so she travels to a safe place for Exotics in danger—Xanadu House. Xanadu is owned by an aunt that Rachael never knew she had, and who will protect any Exotic, no matter what side they’re on. But is Xanadu House as safe as it seems?
My Mom Ate My Homework
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Aya's mom just told her to pick up her stuff for the 1,001th time...she was almost going to pick it up for reals, but then her mom gets turned into a cleanicidal vacuum cyborg. And now Aya's almost late for school...
Exotics #1: The Floating Menagerie
Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,210. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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When Rachael's mom disappears and she finds out that her second-grade classmate Raul might know something about it, she follows him into a trap and is kidnapped onto a mysterious ship along with a group of kids who can turn into magical animals--Exotics. She has to find a way to escape the ship and rescue the Exotics who are waiting to be sold as pets...or are they?
Tales Told Under the Covers: Zombie Girl Invasion & Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,110. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Ten tales of death, invasions from other realms, bullies, babysitters, liars, and the brave kids who fight back. Zombie girls who have to hide, lest they get eaten by bigger zombies. Food that bites back. Wizards who are scared of their own power. Murdered (and murderous) pets. Secret superpowers. And that last, great voyage into the unknown.
Zombie Girl Invasion
Price: Free! Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
When Neil shoots zombies in his imagination, they’re horrible and awful and they don’t have names. And then he meets Max, a zombie on the run from even worse zombies. Max is pretty nice, though. The thing is, Max isn’t just a zombie...Max is a girl zombie.

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