Kate Forsyth is the internationally bestselling author of more than 30 books, and she has been published in 15 countries. She was voted one of Australia’s Favourite 25 Novelists 2013-2015 and has been called “one of the finest writers of this generation”.
Kate’s most recent adult novel is The Blue Rose which tells the story of an impossible love between a marquis’s daughter and a gardener, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and Imperial China. Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ set amongst the wild bohemian circle of Pre-Raphaelite artists and poets, was published by Penguin Random House Books Australia. She is also the author of The Beast’s Garden and The Wild Girl.
Her novel Bitter Greens won the American Library Association Award for Best Historical Novel (2015). It was also chosen as one of the Best Historical Novels of 2014 by the Library Journal in the US, and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award, the Ditmar Award, and the Norma K. Hemming Award.
The fifth book in her children’s fantasy adventure series, The Impossible Quest: Battle of the Heroes was released in September 2015.
Since her first novel was named a Best First Novel by Locus Magazine in 1998, Kate has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including a CYBIL Award in the US. In 2007, Kate became the first author to win five Aurealis awards in a single year when books 2-6 in the Chain of Charms series were jointly awarded the 2007 Aurealis Award for Children’s Fiction. Book 5, The Lightning Bolt was also named a Notable Book for 2007 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Kate has a BA in Literature, majoring in Children’s Literature, from Macquarie University, and an MA in Writing from UWS. Kate has taught creative writing from primary to tertiary levels for more than 10 years, including several popular courses at the Australian Writers' Centre as well as ‘Writing for Children’ at Sydney University. She mentors for the ASA Mentorship Program and the Central West Writers’ Group.
She lives by the sea in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and three children. And many thousands of books.
Kate teaches History, Mystery and Magic, Plotting and Planning and The Story Doctor.