Darby Karchut - Author
Darby Karchut - Author

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter.  A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.


When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy at her writing desk.


Her books include the best selling middle grade series: THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN. Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.


Her latest book, DEL TORO MOON, releases October 2018.


Find Darby:



Writing from the Peak


Find Darby's books:

Owl Hollow Press

Spencer Hill Press

Clean Read Books


Barnes & Noble


Indie bookstores worldwide


Contact Darby:                         darbykarchut@gmail.com


"...a wildly original, pulse pounding tale of a boy carrying on his family's legacy of protecting their rural community from bloodthirsty, supernatural skinners. Medieval Spanish myth meets the Hispanic culture of rugged southern Colorado to create a captivating story of modern-day knights."
         ~ Laura Resau, Américas Award-Winning author of The Lightning Queen


"This fresh and fun exploration of tough familial relationships, modern knights, and talking horses is sure to appeal to fans of The Ranger’s Apprentice and equine enthusiasts."

            ~ Todd Mitchell, award-winning author of The Last Panther

“Ride hard, swing hard,

and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.”

Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.


Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.


Serious horse power.


Those skinners don’t stand a chance. 


October 2 from Owl Hollow Press


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Del Toro Moon

Release events pending

Summer/Fall 2018


Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Faculty Member

April 27-29

Colorado Springs Marriott

Colorado Springs, CO


Unleashing Readers

Guest Author

April 22


Teen Author Boot Camp

Faculty Member

April 14

Provo, Utah


Write Your Heart Out

Guest Speaker

March 3

Library 21C

Colorado Springs, CO

1:00 - 5:00


SCBWI Connect & Critique

Guest Speaker

January 28


Library 21C

Colorado Springs, CO

"Voice in Middle Grade and YA Novels"


The Literati Press

Guest Author for January

"The Inspiration Behind Del Toro Moon"


"Book World Reality"


Rocky Mountain SCBWI Mentorship Program


January through May



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