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…

A bit frantic. Remind me to never again move house on book deadline and just before teaching starts. But that’s over now. I have settled into a new home, where I’ve made the strategic decision to place my desk under a window in the living room, instead of tucked away…

Beautiful things

How gorgeous is this? It’s the series logo for The Fire Watcher Chronicles, my new time travel trilogy with Scholastic. I can’t wait for you to see the cover design for book one, Brimstone.

Coming up

What’s happening? It’s Women’s History Month. I’ll be having a chat about writing about women of the past at the Women’s History day at Eltham Library on March 3. Then on 19 March, I’ll be reading a bit from the draft of Grace, on the lives of Irish pirate Grace O’Malley…

 
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