K.N. Salustro is a science fiction and fantasy writer from New Jersey who loves outer space, dragons, and good stories. When not at her day job, she runs an Etsy shop as a plush maker and makes art for her Society6 and Redbubble shops.
Her science fiction trilogy The Star Hunters has been nominated for the Cygnus Awards, with each book in the trilogy receiving its own accolades. Most recently, Light Runner (the third book of the series) received an honorable mention in the Global eBook Awards. Chasing Shadows, the first book in the trilogy and K.N. Salustro's debut novel, was also a quarter-finalist in the 2018 Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest, and won a silver medal in the 2019 Readers Favorite book awards in addition to receiving a 5-star review from the same platform.
K.N. Salustro has also written a spinoff novella called The Arkin Races, and is hard at work on her next book, which is a standalone fantasy mystery novel slated for publication in 2020.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town in New Jersey. I'm not sure if I'd call it a small town since we have a pretty decently sized population, and it's expanded over more recent years, but it really doesn't have much going on. The actual "town" part is pretty much just a grocery store, a pharmacy, and some restaurants. We have a library and a soccer field but beyond that, not much going on. It's the kind of place where if you want to do anything relatively exciting, you have to get in your car and drive. Nothing is within walking distance.
Now, don't get me wrong, it's a really nice town and I'm glad that I grew up there, but considering what it's like, I'm really not surprised that I got into science fiction and fantasy as much as I did. I needed something exciting in my life, and I turned to books and movies within those genres. They offered an escape from the real world, and access to a place where the thing that made you powerful was your ability to imagine. It was refreshing and captivating, and it wasn't long before I was imagining my own worlds.
I've grown a lot as a person and as a writer, but the love for scifi and fantasy has stayed with me, and I really don't think that's ever going to change. Nor do I want it to.
Describe your desk
Hah, it's a mess. I used to keep my entire room amazingly neat when I was younger, but as I've grown older, my space has gotten more and more cluttered, the desk especially. It's one of those "organized messes", though. Maybe the problem isn't that I'm messy, but that I just don't have enough desk space!
Rosaria "Ro" Dellaventura was born to race, and she is determined to leave her mark on the world of arkin racing. But it's a world that tries to lock her out. From cutthroat competition to her own secrets, Ro finds trouble at every turn, but she pushes harder than she ever has before to win. This time, she has too much to lose.
The third book of the Star Hunters trilogy. A bounty hunter and an ex-military officer chase dangerous enemies across a galaxy torn by war. The hunt is on, and only the strong will survive. 2019 Global Ebook Awards Honorable Mention Winner.