Hi! Welcome to my site.I'm a writer based on the Gold Coast. I'm married to an avid Richmond Tigers supporter (I support the Adelaide Crows, so things get interesting in our house during footy season!), and have one transgender child (22) and one daughter (19) from a previous marriage and a stepson, aged 13. I also have a dog named Winnie who is a Chihuahua/Fox Terrier cross (but thinks she is a Great Dane) and three green tree frogs called Ribberta, Coochie and Kenny.
I love reading and I love writing. I particularly enjoy reading young adult fiction, mystery and fantasy, so that's also what I write. Some of my favourite authors are Philip Reeve, Philip Pullman, Mary Norton, CS Lewis, JK Rowling, Eoin Colfer, Cornelia Funke, KM Peyton, Leon Garfield, (all writers for young adults); Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Kate Morton, JRR Tolkien, Reay Tannahill, Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie, Charlaine Harris, Gregory Maguire, Jasper Fforde, Diana Gabaldon (I've just discovered the "Outlander" books) - the list goes on and on, and I'm always finding more fantastic authors to love.
In May 2009, as a member of the writing group "The Ten Penners", I co-wrote and co-self-published (is that even a word?) a book of fantasy stories for children and young adults called "Fan-tas-tic-al Tales". I contributed one fairy tale, a poem and a novelette to the collection. We are currently working on another anthology of adventure stories, "Mystery, Mayhem & Magic", which will be released soon.
I successfully completed a 50,000 word romantic suspense novel (with a few supernatural elements thrown in!) during NaNoWriMo 2012 (http://nanowrimo.org/), which I am proud to say is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle e-book! (Please click on the Store tab for links.) It's called "Shadow of a Soldier" and is the story of a young woman who inherits her great aunt's house in the country, together with a resident ghost, who happens to look a lot like Henry Cavill. How did that happen?
In 2013 I completed NaNoWriMo for the second time and that novel, "The Players", set in the silent movie industry in Australia in the early 1900's, is in the process of being edited.
During Camp NaNoWriMo (April 2014) I completed the first draft of a comic mystery novel ("Death can be Terminal") with a female protagonist who cleans crime scenes for a living. In July 2014, during the second Camp NaNoWriMo challenge, I also finished the first draft of a comic fantasy romance novel for young adults ("Kylie Cooper and The Misplaced Bushranger") involving a teenage witch who accidentally transports a bushranger from the 1860's to modern day Australia. Here is the link to Camp NaNoWriMo (https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in) - why don't you join me? :-).
I did it again in 2014 (another YA novel, "Bounty Girl", set in Colonial Australia - with dragons!), and in 2015, where I wrote a sequel to "The Misplaced Bushranger" ("Kylie Cooper and the Wicked Witch of the East Coast"). And finally, during NaNoWriMo 2016, I wrote another Kylie Cooper novel ("Kylie Cooper and the Demonic Boyfriend"). And I did it in 15 days, due to various family dramas! Which just goes to show that anything is possible.
I have an awful lot of editing to do!!!
I am a member of "The Ten Penners" (adults writing for children)(http://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/), Gold Coast Writers' Association (http://www.goldcoastwriters.org/), the Queensland Writers' Centre (http://www.qwc.asn.au/), and Sisters in Crime Australia (http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/), and find their support invaluable.
For more writing things and other stuff I find interesting, please click on the following link to my Wordpress blog here: https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com/.
Thank you for visiting! I hope to see you again soon.
(Just as an aside, if you're a terrible procrastinator like me, NaNoWriMo is brilliant. The challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month sounds impossible, but it isn't! It works out to be 1,667 words per day, and it's absolutely doable. So give it a shot. The trick is to just write, not edit - just bang out that first draft! Editing comes much, much later. And no matter what happens, you end up with 50,000 more words than you had at the beginning. And if you do reach that magic goal, it's an awesome feeling!)
PS I'm now a Goodreads author! Come and visit me there and share your love of books with the world!