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 non-binary 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, Kimberley Freeman - the list goes on and on, and I'm always finding more fantastic authors to love.
Apart from books and all things bookish, I'm slightly obsessed with Harry Potter and the whole Potterverse (books, movies, Pop! Vinyls, special editions, Pottermore etc), and I'm a Whovian from way back. I also love watching Game of Thrones, Westworld, and, most recently, the brilliant Stranger Things. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a favourite too.
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. Our latest anthology of adventure stories, Mystery, Mayhem & Magic, was released in November 2017. Both books are now available on Amazon and as Kindle e-books.
I successfully completed a 50,000 word romantic suspense novel (with a few supernatural elements thrown in!) during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012 , which is also available on Amazon and as a Kindle e-book. 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?
Since 2012, I have successfully completed NaNoWriMo every year, including this year (2017). I also finished two novels during Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July 2014, so I now have seven novels in draft form. Four of those are for young adults, and three for adults.
Besides Shadow of a Soldier, I have written two other standalone novels - The Players, a mystery set during the silent movie era in Australia (adults) and Bounty Girl, set during an alternative Colonial Australia (young adults).
My other novels feature series characters. The first one is Billie Maxwell, a crime scene cleaner. I finished her first adventure, Death Can Be Terminal, in 2014. Her second adventure, Death Can Be Messy, was completed during NaNoWriMo this year (2017). The Billie Maxwell novels are written for adults, and are best described as comic crime novels. I was inspired by the laugh-out-loud funny "Stephanie Plum" series by Janet Evanovich - so that gives you an idea of what you're in for! I really hope that someone (besides me that is), finds the stories at least a little bit amusing...
My second series character is Kylie Cooper, a seventeen-year-old witch. I have written three Kylie adventures - Kylie Cooper and the Misplaced Bushranger, Kylie Cooper and the Wicked Witch of the East Coast, and Kylie Cooper and the Demonic Boyfriend. I created Kylie for Fan-tas-tic-Al Tales in 2009 (when she was only thirteen) and I liked her so much that I just had to write about her some more!
So my aim over the next two to three years is to edit, polish and publish all these books and release them into the wild. After all, nobody can enjoy my brilliance while they're still sitting as drafts on my laptop!
Please click on the "Store" tab for links to the published books above, and on the "Sneak Peeks" tab for some snippets from my work. I'll be adding more content once I've done some editing! :-)
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 the month of November sounds impossible, but it isn't! It works out to be 1,667 words per day, and it's absolutely doable. My record so far is getting it done in 15 days, but I wouldn't recommend that method. Very stressful! That was in 2016. This year (2017), I did it in 18 days. 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 more words than you had at the beginning of the month. And if you do reach that magic goal of 50,000 words, it's an awesome feeling! You can also participate in Camp NaNoWriMo each April and July, where the rules are a bit more relaxed (eg you can select your own word count goal, or how many hours of editing/research you'd like to do over the month etc). Here are the links to both sites: http://nanowrimo.org/ and https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in.
PS I'm now a Goodreads author! Come and visit me there and share your love of books with the world!