Kate Forsyth

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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include 'Beauty in Thorns', the true love story behind a famous painting of 'Sleeping Beauty'; 'The Beast's Garden', a retelling of the Grimm version of 'Beauty & the Beast', set in the German underground resistance to Hitler in WWII; 'The Wild Girl', the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world's most famous fairy tales; 'Bitter Greens', a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series 'Witches of Eileanan' Her books for children include 'The Impossible Quest', 'The Gypsy Crown', 'The Puzzle Ring'
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Kate Forsyth I am currently writing a historical novel for adults, which tells the dramatic true story behind the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones's painti…moreI am currently writing a historical novel for adults, which tells the dramatic true story behind the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones's painting of 'The Legend of Briar Rose' in late Victorian England, told through the eyes of his wife, his mistress, and his daughter, and other women of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. (less)
Kate Forsyth Hi Bronwyn, I'm so glad that you've enjoyed BITTER GREENS & THE WILD GIRL. I am currently working on a new book that draws on the Sleeping Beauty fair…moreHi Bronwyn, I'm so glad that you've enjoyed BITTER GREENS & THE WILD GIRL. I am currently working on a new book that draws on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale - its about the Pre-Raphaelite circle of artists and poets and in particular about the creation of a famous series of paintings of 'The Legend of Briar Rose' by Edward Burne-Jones. Its a big & complex book, but very fascinating. Then I'm thinking of playing with 'The Nightingale & the Rose', a Chinese fairy tale ... but we'll see.
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BOOK REVIEW: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady.


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“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.”
Kate Forsyth, The Witches of Eileanan

“There's a flame of magic inside every stone & every flower, every bird that sings & every frog that croaks. There's magic in the trees & the hills & the river & the rocks, in the sea & the stars & the wind, a deep, wild magic that's as old as the world itself. It's in you too, my darling girl, and in me, and in every living creature, be it ever so small. Even the dirt I'm sweeping up now is stardust. In fact, all of us are made from the stuff of stars.”
Kate Forsyth, The Puzzle Ring

“I think fantasy is best described as a kind of fiction that evokes wonder, mystery or magic, a sense of possibility beyond the ordinary world in which we live, and yet which reflects and comments upon that known world.”
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“She felt as if she had strayed into a fairy tale, as full of peril as of wonder, a place where anything could happen.”
Kate Forsyth, The Puzzle Ring

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
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message 12: by Rebecca

Rebecca Thank you for becoming my friend!


Lucy Qhuay Thanks for the friend invite, Kate! :)
Your books seem really interesting. I'll have to read them some day.


message 10: by Sonya

Sonya Heaney Thanks for the friend invitation. :)


Kagama-the Literaturevixen Thanks for friending :)


Cristaux Hi Kate, thanks for accepting my friend request! I absolutely loved Bitter Greens and I can't wait to read The Wild Girl. You are an exceptional writer and your novels are a pleasure to read.


message 7: by Stan

Stan Law A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Kate. It may interest you that one of my books, "Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom", is now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kindle. Enjoy it while you can. (A little review on Amazon wouldn't hurt either!)
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) Holy moley! I just figured out that you're *the* Kate Forsyth who wrote Bitter Greens! I've been dying to read that and am now star-struck you friend requested me and liked one of my silly reviews!


Anyway, fangirling aside, it's very nice to meet you and hope to see you around on here!


message 5: by Amy

Amy Bruno Thanks for the GR friendship, Kate!


message 4: by Tien

Tien Hi Kate, honored to be your GR friend :)
And since it's a Friday arvo, have a FAB weekend!!
xo


message 3: by Leyah

Leyah Hi Kate!! So happy you befriended me - thankyou!!!


AlexEatsBooks Hi there Kate! So glad to meet your acquaintance! *grins*


Meredith Hey, Kate! Thanks so much for friending me! :-)


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