For the author's personal site see www.kilongfellow.com
For "The Secret Magdalene" see www.thesecretmagdalene.com
For "Flow Down Like Silver" see www.flowdownlikesilver.com
For "Houdini Heart" see http://eiobooks.com/houdini/
For "China Blues" see https://www.createspace.com/3780416
From the age of four, Ki Longfellow knew what she wanted to be...a writer. Or a painter. Writing won. Born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, she grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall, who dreamed her name was Ki. Ki created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to Bristol, England where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a magical and surreal musical: "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera." The musical garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. Her first book, "China Blues," was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood...a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip.
When Vivian died, Ki stopped writing. Time may not heal, but it tempers, and when Ki began writing again, she chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to speak of the the Divine Feminine in her novel "The Secret Magdalene." Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, "True Love") holds the option on the book as her next film. "The Secret Magdalene" is currently in pre-production.
Ki's second book in her Divine Feminine series is "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored woman of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what Mary Magdalene knew in her heart. On June 23, 2011, "Flow Down Like Silver" was presented at a conference in Genoa, Italy, one of only two novels in a gathering of serious scholars. (The other being that written by Charles Kingsley, author of "The Water Babies.")
She is now at work on the third and last book in this series: "The Time of the Bee."
Meanwhile, in 2011, Longfellow's first book of psychological horror was published: "Houdini Heart." A stunning departure from her usual work, it's been favorably compared to Shirley Jackson and was considered for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.
Her first book, "China Blues," has just been reissued by Eio Books.