Kelly Gardiner

About me

Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for readers of all ages. Her latest book is ‘Goddess’ (Fourth Estate, June 2014), a novel based on the life of the remarkable Julie d’Aubigny, also known as Mademoiselle de Maupin – a 17th century opera singer and swordswoman. Kelly’s other books include the award-winning young adult novels ‘The Sultan’s Eyes’, and ‘Act of Faith’ (HarperCollins), and her children’s books include ‘Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christmas’ (Random House) and the ‘Swashbuckler!’ trilogy (HarperCollins): ‘Ocean Without End’, ‘The Pirate’s Revenge’ and ‘The Silver Swan’.
Kelly is a professional writer and editor, and teaches writing and digital literacy. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

From my website

On that whole ‘relatability’ thing

Somehow in recent years, the idea has taken hold that characters – especially protagonists – in novels have to be ‘relatable.’ I blame Stephanie Meyer. She created the character Bella in the Twilight trilogy as a blank canvas onto which her teenage readers could project themselves; an audience surrogate that…

The history in historical fiction

I recently chaired a debate between historical novelists and historians at the conference of the Historical Novel Society of Australasia: ‘What can historical novelists and historians learn from each other? Our thoughtful and entertaining panellists were Jesse Blackadder, Gillian Polack, Rachel Le Rossignol, and Deborah Challinor. It was great fun, but…

Sensational

I’ve been on a belated summer holiday, and finally got stuck into some reading. And the first few books on my reading (or re-reading) pile were some nineteenth century Sensation novels including The Moonstone and The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Sleepless nights ensued. I am so easily affected by…

 
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