Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too, and she wrote stories for school and to share with her friends.
Kit’s stories include all her favorite things, inspired by the fantasies and fairy tales she loves: pirate ships and dragons, castles and ballgowns, brave girls and tame wolves, kidnappings and rescues. As a young child, she saw a puppet performance of Rapunzel that she has never forgotten. The odd details of the story about a girl traded for lettuce are so intriguing that Kit is writing a novel about Rapunzel in order to make sense of them all.
Since she is more hobbit than human, Kit finds real-life adventures challenging in embarrassing ways. Her seasickness has taught her the meaning of “near-death experience” and her fear of heights makes some paths impossible to walk. Still, like Bilbo, she has moments when she is determined to see distant mountains despite the inevitable discomforts that come with leaving home. When she does suit up for a journey, Kit makes sure her armor covers her chest, her hair is braided out of the way, and she can run in her boots.
Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. When she isn’t hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself locked in a tower, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and practices her spinning.