About

Hi and Welcome. I’m Kate, fiction and non-fiction author and blogger.

Like every other writer with one of these bios, I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. As a grownup, I’ve been writing professionally for about 12 years with a background in academia, copywriting and general freelance word slinging.

I’m the author of Guessing Tales, a multi-dimensional urban fantasy series. It was in around 2008 that I had the idea to write a series of fast paced, short novellas, short stories and other creative bits and pieces all set in a fictional city. With a few false starts and a lot of hard learned writing lessons behind me (and I’m sure many more lessons to come), I’m proud to have finally turned that idea into something real and I’m really excited about adding more tales to the Guessing oeuvre.

Me having a fan girl moment with my indie author hero, Joanna Penn.

I write about the craft of writing and life as a writer over at The Write Turn.

Here’s what else I write. Sometimes I blog on this site, but you’ll see that does tend to be somewhat sporadic.

As well as writing, I’m also typically found wrangling a small child, working out, cleaning something, listening to something, watching something, reading something and sleeping. I also make excellent pizza.

I’ve worked a dozen different non-writing jobs from dollar shop retail, regenerating bushland, making pizza, scooping ice-cream, selling outdoor furniture, selling shoes, mystery shopping, making sandwiches, tutoring high school kids in English, selling classical and jazz music to specialist collectors and then working in a loud, brash music shop selling CD singles to teens when such a thing still happened. Now that I’m a writer, I can definitely say this is the best job. Ever. But all of those other jobs all, in their way, helped pave the way.

I love going to the gym and running. I love thunderstorms, clean linen, and I hate it when people don’t turn their car headlights on when driving in the rain.

I live in South East Queensland, just outside of Brisbane on a small property with my husband, our daughter and two beagles named Pickle and Pepper.

I’m addicted to peppermints.

I’m obsessed with Arthurian legend. I adore Buffy the Vampire Slayer and have idolised Madonna since I was about 9 years old. I get waaaay too excited about genre theory.

I have a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and History from the Australian National University in Canberra, and a Masters in Humanities (Media and Cultural Studies) and a Graduate Certificate in the same from the University of Queensland, Brisbane. I started a PhD through the University of Western Australia, but I decided writing on my own terms outside of the stringent circles of academia would be more fun. It is, but it’s also no less fun. When I discovered how hard it was, I scuttled back to studying for a while and earned a Grad Cert in Communications from Griffith University.

Nanowrimo action shot 2016

I’m also published under the name Kate Murphy.

This website is the hub of my work so snoop around and find out what I’ve been up to. It’s even easier to keep up to date with what’s going on in my writing life if you subscribe to my newsletter (you’ll get a free book of sci-fi short stories when you do).

I’d also love to hear from you so drop me a line if you please.

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