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Kate Morton

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KATE MORTON was born in South Australia, grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and now lives with her family in London and Australia. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, and harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she realised that it was words she loved more than performing. Kate still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.

"I fell deeply in love with books as a child and believe that reading is freedom; that to read is to live a thousand lives in one; that fiction is a magical conversation between two people - you and me - in which our minds meet across time and space. I love books that conjure a world around me, bringing their characters a
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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 Thanks for your lovely note, Cheryl -- I especially love that you used the verb 'weaving', because that's just what it feels like when I'm writing.…moreThanks for your lovely note, Cheryl -- I especially love that you used the verb 'weaving', because that's just what it feels like when I'm writing. I'm deep in edit on another book at the moment (which happens to be the part of the process that most resembles weaving, as all of the threads are loosened and stitched back together in a tighter, more pleasing way) and will have news very soon. Happy reading in the meantime, Kate (less)
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Another book birthday this month – The Forgotten Garden has reached double digits while I wasn’t looking! It’s almost impossible to believe that ten whole years have passed since Cassandra, Nell and Eliza first left my imagination for yours, and yet, at once, it feels like an age since I was writing a manuscript called ‘The Authoress’, living in a little wooden worker’s cottage cut into a steep...

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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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