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:



Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.


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



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Blog: Writing Uphill


Find Darby's books:

Owl Hollow Press

Spencer Hill Press

Clean Read Books


Barnes & Noble


Indie bookstores worldwide


Contact Darby:                         darbykarchut@gmail.com






Owl Hollow Press

(Cover art pending)


Bad enough Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in the family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying werewolf-like creatures, known as skinners. He must also learn how to match his father’s skills at monster hunting. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a million to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.


Now, with the skinners multiplying, both in numbers and ferocity, Matt is desperate to keep his father and hot-tempered older brother from killing each other, prevent his new friend, Perry—a horse-crazy girl who recently moved to their small town of Huerfano, Colorado—from discovering the true nature of his odder-than-oddball family, and save a group of scientists from getting skinner-ed.


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.



What Folks Are Saying about DEL TORO MOON:


"I loved this 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. I was enthralled by the talking warhorses, who I adored as much as the multi-layered and brave human characters. The relationships among family and friends (both human and equine) were deeply moving, while the intense, high-stakes action scenes sent my heart galloping. Del Toro Moon honors the bonds of family and friendship, the courage to fulfill tough duties, the respect for culture and home, and the losses that come with triumphs. Unique and memorable, this story will stay with me for a long time to come."
     ~  Laura Resau, Américas Award-Winning author of The Lightning Queen


"A rip-roaring monster slaying adventure with heart and humor, cleverly situated in the contemporary mountains and canyons of southern Colorado. 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, author of The Last Panther and The Traitor King



Owl Hollow Press






Rocky Mountain SCBWI Mentorship Program


January through May


The Literati Press

Guest Author for January

"The Inspiration Behind Del Toro Moon"


"Book World Reality"


SCBWI Connect & Critique

Guest Speaker

January 28


Library 21C

Colorado Springs, CO

"Voice in Middle Grade and YA Novels"


Write Your Heart Out

Guest Speaker

March 3

Library 21C

Colorado Springs, CO

1:00 - 5:00


Unleashing Readers

Guest Author


(Date TBA)


Teen Author Boot Camp

Faculty Member

April 14

Provo, Utah


Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Faculty Member

April 27-29

Colorado Springs Marriott

Colorado Springs, CO


Del Toro Moon

Release events pending

Summer/Fall 2018



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