Kaighla is the author of the award-winning fantasy novel Evryn, The Light and her newest book, Ask the Waves Why. Her memoir of abuse and resilience, Things That Shatter—published under the pen name Kaighla Um Dayo—won the 2019 Daybreak Press Award for Best Memoir.


Before she was an author, Kaighla was a poet. She has published two poetry collections—wellspring and Love, Grieve, Repeat. Her poetry has also been featured in several magazines and anthologies, including Pulse & Echo Literary Magazine. Kaighla was the Featured Poet in the 2022 inaugural issue of Hyssop + Laurel Magazine.


You have a story inside you, a story the world desperately needs to hear. Drawing on her decade of experience writing and publishing seven books, Kaighla will guide you through the writing journey. Whether you’re blocked, stuck, or just seeking guidance on the next step, Kaighla offers a compassionate, no nonsense approach.


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