Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Kate Forsyth.
Kate Forsyth has been interviewed many times and this month we are lucky to have her chat with us.
Kate was born to be a writer. Once she was able to hold a pencil there was no stopping her and when she was seven Kate had written her first novel.
Through school and then later university Kate had poems, articles and stories published with her first serious novel published by the time she was 30.
After graduating from Macquarie University, Kate worked as a fulltime journalist, including Editor of Hair and deputy editor of Money Watch magazines. Tired of the constraints of fulltime journalism, Kate quit becoming a freelance journalist giving her more time to follow her real passion – creating her own brand of fairy tales.
But it wasn’t until her husband; Greg Forsyth suggested she write her own series were Kate’s lifelong dreams realised.
Since her first book was published in 1997 she has authored more than twenty books which have been published in 14 different countries, including UK, Japan, Russia, US, Spain and Turkey.
Her most recent work includes adult novels Bitter Greens, which retells the classic fairy tale Rapunzel and her historical novel The Wild Girl, which depicts how the brothers Grimm composed and published folklore.
She is an internationally recognised author of bestselling books for both children and adults. Kate has been nominated in the Norma K. Hemming Awards, the Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy Fiction, CYBIL Award in the US and a Ditmar Award. She is the only author to win five Aurealis awards in a single year.
Kate along with her sister, Belinda Murrell (June 2013 interview) are the great-great-great-great granddaughters of James and Charlotte Atkinson. Charlotte Barton (remarried after the death of James) is credited with publishing the first Australian children’s book, A Mother’s Offering to Her Children in 1841.
Although it wasn’t until 1980 that the identity of, A Mother’s Offering to Her Children was discovered. It was originally published anonymously by ‘A Lady Long Resident in New South Wales.’
Kate’s all-consuming love for the written word has her currently completing her doctorate in fairy tale retellings at the University of Technology. She already has a BA in Literature and MA in Creative Writing to her credit.
Grumpy Grandpa is Kate’s newly released picture book for children and shows that people are not always what they seem.
Kate also publishes poetry under her maiden name, Kate Humphrey and has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and The Age along with a host of local and international literary magazines.
She is also an enthusiastic ambassador for the Room to Read organisation and The Pyjama Foundation. These organisations assist and nurture disadvantaged children with the help of books.
Kate lives in Sydney surrounded by her three beautiful children, her husband and thousands of books.
Kate Forsyth is a gifted story teller and we thank her for visiting us this month on Creative Kids Tales.
Enjoy Creative Kids Tales featured author of the month, Kate Forsyth.
To read more about this talented author visit her website: www.kateforsyth.com.au