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

Lately I’ve been…

Planning I’ve kicked off a new writing project: Grace, a novel based on the intersecting lives of the Irish pirate Grace O’Malley and her nemesis, Queen Elizabeth I. The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I I’ll get stuck into the first draft next week, when I go to Varuna, The Writers’ House,…

Where do you get your ideas?

People often ask writers where we get our ideas. I suppose some people might know, but I don’t. As Emma Donoghue once said,  it’s like asking how you got a cold. Sometimes, of course, I hear a story or a snippet from history that makes my arms go all goosepimply…

The ‘R’ word

She’s not the first to say it, but she says it well: an interesting take on romance fiction as a feminist genre, from Trisha Brown: Romance is one of the most feminist sectors you can find in all of art and entertainment. That statement defies all of the stereotypes, but…

 
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