Kassten Alonso was born in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Willamette University in Salem. Kassten has previously published in the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, and The Oregonian.
Kassten Alonso's novel, Core: A Romance, released in 2005, earned an Oregon Book Award nomination, and stands as one of the most arresting and harrowing Pacific Northwest novels to emerge in years. The novel's intense tale of obsession, betrayal, unrequited love, madness, and murder will captivate readers. After the novel's narrator becomes obsessed with his best friend's girlfriend, his already precarious hold on sanity rapidly deteriorates into delusion and violence. Alonso skillfully uses language to imitate memory and psychosis so that the reader is squarely inside the narrator's head. The result is a fiction experience unlike any other in recent memory. Kassten is currently working on his next novel.