Once upon a time lasts forever; deep, dark and complex, crafting timeless stories of magic and fantasy, bringing centuries old stories to new readers…where do I stop? Five pages of research notes and I’m just getting to the beginning of Kate Forsyth’s talents as a bestselling and prolific novelist and poet, writing across genres, for all ages – gosh, the press-release words keep on coming to describe this most amazing and generous of Australian authors. I start to get excited when I find the research notes written by Kate for her latest novel, already drafted, edited and ready to go for a September 2017 release. Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, has some amazing women characters based on the passions and scandals of pre-Raphaelite circles of artists and poets. If, once again, I sound like a press release, please forgive me…capturing this woman’s spirit is only possible in the listening. All the rest is mere words. Kate shares with us how her research process has changed over the years, how she organises her research and the delight of the process itself…then she tells us how she ruthlessly cuts tens of thousands of words if it’s necessary to make a story work. As far as the craft of writing goes, we can do no better than to take notes as we listen, and listen again, to the advice of one of the most generous writers I’ve had the privilege to meet. Call me a fangirl, but I’m already saving up for a Writers Retreat with Kate in the Cotswalds, with a side trip to Oxford of course. And yes, Sam, you can come too. You can find out more about Kate, her books, and her research process here.
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