Kate who? A brief biography

Writing is like breathing to me, I can’t not do it. I began as child, constructing my own mini zines and at 13 years old I won the senior section of the Benalla Bookweek Short Story competition. That humble moment crystallised my love of writing and, in particular, of being read. I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to write. I wanted to write stories that people could escape into and learn from.

It took me another thirty or so years before I mustered the courage to follow my passion seriously. In 2008 I completed the first draft of my novel, The Yearning. It was awful. In 2009 & 2010 I enrolled in the Year of the Novel courses with Writers’ Victoria. They changed my life, but more importantly, they changed my writing.

Since then I’ve had several non-fiction articles published, had five works of fiction highly commended in Australian short story competitions and won the 2011 Southern Cross Short Story Literary Award. In 2010 The Yearning was long listed for the Hachette Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Award and it is currently under submission with Australian publishers and my wonderful agent (Drummond Agency) and I are hopeful it will soon be picked up.

I am a member of the Australian Society of Authors, Writers Victoria and Romance Writers of Australia. I am currently working on an e-book commission for a major Australian publisher.

I live, write and love in Melbourne, but I’m a country girl at heart, being born and bred in northern Victoria. I juggle my pens with the rest of my life. I am a woman of many passions including Aboriginal affairs, environment and social justice issues, astrology and all things creative. I work part time with the Victorian State government and find time for a high maintenance husband, a too-bright seven year old daughter and a menagerie of neurotic animals. Life is very busy and sometimes something has to give and it’s rarely the writing. To be honest, it’s my house. It’s a pigsty I’m afraid. When God was handing out domestic pride I think I was on the loo reading. Then again, it’s nothing a well trained husband can’t fix!

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