Kate has exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally and was a finalist in a number of prize shows before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction.
Kate freelanced as a graphic designer for a number of years in advertising agencies and design studios. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Art, she spent a year in Hong Kong, modelling and English tutoring. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, children and a Bichon Frise called Oscar. She speaks French, and her travels in Europe have inspired her novels set in France and Italy.
A lifelong passion for travel has informed her creative work, both in painting and writing. Photography is another obsession—she takes hundreds of photos of tropical plants and sunsets, to the irritation of her family. Kate can often be found in Southeast Asian resorts, writing her WIP, taking notes and reading multiple research books, ice cold pinot gris at hand.
Kate is fascinated by backstory: what causes people to behave in ways that appear nonsensical. Through her flawed characters, she explores the choices people make, ambiguity in morality, and how even small actions can change everything. Her short-form fiction is regularly published in journals and magazines such as Eunoia Review, Spelk Fiction, Feminine Collective and Verity La.
Her debut novel Stone Circle is a historical fantasy set in Renaissance Italy. It will be released by Fireship Press December 1st 2017. Her second novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in eighteenth-century France, will be published by Regal House Publishing.