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Kate Morton

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KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and three young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she became sidetracked writing novels, and still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.

Kate used to hide to read when she was small, and still believes that reading should be so pleasurable it feels almost illicit. Her favourite novels are the sort that you can disappear inside, and the thing she most likes hearing from readers is that they stayed up far too late turning page
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Kate Morton Thanks for your lovely comment, Lizabeth! There are so many vital elements in a good story (plot... character... setting...!), but I think one of most…moreThanks for your lovely comment, Lizabeth! There are so many vital elements in a good story (plot... character... setting...!), but I think one of most important is sense of place. At least, it is for me. When I was a very young child and had just started reading for myself, I used to lose myself completely in the world of my book. I still chase that feeling when I'm reading and when I'm writing.

At the very beginning of a project, when I'm working with my notebooks, scribbling down ideas, researching, and letting the story come to life in my imagination, one of the aspects I'm keenest to discover is the world in which the action takes place. The setting is part of it, but it’s more than that, too: it’s a texture, a flavour, an atmosphere. I need the world to feel vivid and real and dense—the sort of place in which you and I can both become lost.

I can’t actually begin writing until I reach this point. It’s a matter of truth, I suppose. If the book feels flimsy or pretend, I lose faith in it very quickly. I have an idea, too, that unless the book feels real for me, I won’t be able to convey the sense of being transported to you, which is my greatest aim as a writer! Once I finally get there, though, the drive to start writing is so strong I can’t resist it. (This period of dreaming and imagining is one of my favourite parts of being a writer, by the way -- it's a bit like being a child. Free and unbounded play!)
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Kate Morton After living so intensely with my characters over the couple of years it takes to write a book, it's a huge thrill to know that their story is about…moreAfter living so intensely with my characters over the couple of years it takes to write a book, it's a huge thrill to know that their story is about to come to life for other people.(less)
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It’s been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened. Most notably, the wheel has turned, the old year has spun away, and here we are in 2016. Just like that. I’m writing from a small desk in a small room in London. The view outside the window is of chimney pots and stained old bricks and black metal downpipes. The sky is milky and the branches are bare. We really are in the deep mid...

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“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....”
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“Memory is a cruel mistress with whom we all must learn to dance.”
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