About Katy

Katy is an aspiring novelist, established 1985 in Great Britain. In early 2013, after spending the last 17 years of her life on a not-so-little island called Australia, she was wooed by cobbled stones and castles and moved to the UK for a bit of a sea change.

In 2013 she was selected as a New and Emerging Writer to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where she read an extract of her novel-in-progress to a live audience and got to hang out in the author tent with the likes of Neil Gaiman and Ian Rankin (though naturally she was far too starstruck to say anything cool or profound). She has completed a Masters in Creative Writing, a Diploma of Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing, a Bachelor of Languages and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons).

When she’s not putting pen to paper for her first fantasy fiction novel, latest travel writing or short story, she can usually be found fawning over, gasbagging about or drooling over books at the nearest bookstore; hanging out at castles; attempting to get through her forever growing reading list; or daydreaming about dragons. She is fluent in Italian and also fairly proficient in French, Spanish, German and Japanese. She can often be spotted looking like a kid in a candy store at Supanova Pop Culture Expo.

She considers herself a nomad due mostly to the fact that she has trouble defining ‘home’. Unable to decide whether it is the place she was born, the place she has spent the most time in her life, the place she now lives or the place she feels most drawn to, she resolved instead to consider everywhere her home and as a result cannot seem to stay in one place for any extended period of time. Mostly, it comes down to a love of travel and learning.

She welcomes you to the storytelling nomad in the hope that you might find some enjoyment in reading her thoughts, ideas and work and asks that you forgive her frequent ramblings along the way.

116 comments on “About Katy

  1. Katy –

    Thank you for liking my post. I think we have a lot philosophically in common. My name is Matt, of course, and I’m over here in the States. On the east coast near Washington DC in fact. Traveling rocks! I think it’s cool that both of us have written that we are both “25 year old aspiring writers.” I wrote the exact same thing.

    Anyway, I think it’s awesome that you are studying “editing, proof reading, and publishing.” As some one who has also just graduated with a degree in Film & Media Studies and Screenwriting, it’s cool to see some one on the other side of the planet who is so creative. I love to write short stories and novellas and have just completed one I would be more than happy to send to you if you were interested. Free of course. :)

    So, your blog is brilliant and we should keep browsing around on each other’s blogs! I will read more of your stuff later.

    Cheers,
    Matt

    • Hi Matt, all the way over there in the USA! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 25 year old aspiring writers is what all the cool kids call themselves these days, ergo coolness for us. I have a few friends who studied Film & Media Studies and Screenwriting type courses, and it always seemed amazingly interesting to me.
      Will definitely have more of a peruse around your blog soon!
      Happy reading!
      Katy

      • I started on May 4th. My concept is very doable. I plan 3 letters ahead. Like I have 3 letters I already written but I scheduled them for different days. I like it but it’s not my money making idea.

  2. Hi Katy!
    My Name is Bronia Lewis, I’m the intern here at express Media for National Young writers’ month.

    We were wondering if you would like to be one of the writers we choose for our “Saturday Spotlight” blog post.

    All you have to do is answer these questions:
    Name:
    Age:
    State:
    NYWM goal:
    Vices you use to write/work/stay sane:
    Are you on target for your goal:

    Let me know if your interested, and feel free to ask any questions :) If you would like to be one of the writers we feature, just answer the questions and email them through to me!

    Thanks so much for your time
    Bron

  3. Hi Katy,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog recently. I’ve only been blogging for a week and am still trying to navigate my way through the blogging world.

    You seem to already have a great start to your blog! I look forward to reading future posts. Good for you for following your passion.

    • No problem! I too am new to blogging and enjoyed reading your reasons to start a blog, as I found them similar to mine. Look forward to reading your posts also. Happy writing!

  4. Hey Katy,

    Thanks for being my first subscriber! I also love writing as well as traveling, but never have enough time for either. Anyways, your blog is pretty gnarly compared to mine, so kudos! Hopefully, subscribing to me, won’t be dreadfully boring.

    Justin

    • Yay! First subscriber! I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing when I get a free moment. You said you like to read sci fi and fantasy…is your current project in either of these genres (I haven’t had the chance to read your story excerpt yet)? Thanks for cruising on by the ol’ blog Justin!

  5. Katy, thanks so much for your comment on my post!. Your blog (and your life, of course) looks really cool. And now that I saw you’re pursing a diploma in book editing, I dearly hope you skipped that line in mine when I, um, talk not-so-favorably about my own experience in that world (again, though, those books I edited were boring, so there you go!).

    Good luck with your blog and your writing. I’ll be sure to stop by here quite often–your posts seem to be right up my alley. Good work!

    • Not at all, loved your post! Ha yes, but I didn’t skip over it…I used to work on reception for a major publishing house and still remember all the reasons why I told myself I’d never work in one! I saw one new editor have the pleasure of being assigned to a flower arranging book for a year. Joy! And yet, here I am pursuing the lowly life…but with grand hopes of one day being able to make a living off writing instead.

      Thank you for your kind words, I very much appreciate it! :)

      • Hee. I used to put together law reference books (zzzz…did you fall asleep yet? ;). I think it’s a smart move to stay in that world as you continue to write–not just for the contacts, but there’s nothing like editing other people’s stuff to make you want to create your own (better!) work, I say.

        Also, am digging all your posts about books. Take care.

      • This is so true – seeing other people’s published works and knowing that you could write something just as good, if not better!

        I’m glad you’re enjoying the 30 Day Book Challenge. I was a bit anxious that it might get boring for readers, but I’ve been trying to keep it as interesting as I can without just listing titles. So thank you!

  6. Dear Katy,

    It is not normal to be fluent, or even mildly proficient, in six or more languages. You are freaking me out with this talent.

    But I shall forgive you for your freakiness, because you have come to my blog, left comments, and are otherwise awesome.

    Sincerely,

    Love The Bad Guy

    • Dear Love The Bad Guy,

      Fear not! It’s not the six or more languages you speak of…it’s only 5…err…not including English. So that’s okay right?! No more freakiness factor? Feel free to calm yourself henceforth.

      I thank you kind sir/lady (You have yet to indulge my curiosity with the answer to the mystery that is your gender), and I reciprocate aforementioned words of awesomeness to your blog also.

      Sincerely,

      Katy

  7. Just started reading your blog and couldn’t stop. Which is a good sign for an aspiring authoress, right? Looking forward to read more from you!

    • Thanks! It’s in Newcastle, looking over Nobby’s Beach. I used to walk to the lighthouse and back every day in summer…such a beautiful place.

      Ahhh Warriewood…one of my best friend’s lives there, and I was only earlier this year dodging stingers at one of the beaches there! It’s a very nice picture too, though. I love Australia!

  8. Hi Katy! Thanks for liking my post! It’s always fun to meet/discover new bloggers on WordPress. I really like your blog, and good luck with your current studies!

    • Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! I’m fairly new to WordPress so didn’t even know about Fun Mode, those cheeky people at WordPress!

    • I’m not sure about Superwoman, but I’ll let you know if I start burning objects with my eyes or flying ;)
      I can only claim myself as an adopted Aussie, but they/we are a truly special people!

  9. Hi Katy,

    Thanks for being my first subscriber! I see that we favorite books in common. I love the idea of a 30 Day Book Challenge. I may take that challenge. I’m new to blogging and new to writing in general. I look forward to reading more of your posts!
    Jennifer – Retrograde Learning

    • No problem Jennifer. I find it interesting that you are so intimidated by writing when you are so good at it! I’m only 7 weeks into blogging myself, but am having a lot of fun so far! Looking forward to reading more on your blog and seeing your posts for the book challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Thank you for your kind words. I have to admit – the more I write the less intimidating it becomes. I decided to post the book challenges during the month of August – that’s my craziest month in terms of getting ready for school and I think having a specific topic each day will keep me writing despite the stress of a new school year.

  10. Katy,

    Thank you for “liking” my post today. It is a great way to find new people out there and identify ones you might have things in common with. I am new to all of this too. Not to writing… that is my passion. But to blogging. I feel like it is a new baby. I don’t have children, but I feel the need to watch over this and nurture it and make it grow… I know probably sounds ridiculous, but I know on some level many people doing this would agree.

    Anyway, I’m glad to have found you. I too love to travel and am not sure where “home” is either as I lived half of my life in New Mexico and Colorado and am now back in my home state of Ohio. I’m not exactly sure where I “grew up.”

    Anyway, I look forward to reading your stuff and seeing where your blog takes all of us and I do hope you’ll stop back and visit mine from time to time as well! I love the feedback, especially from other writers.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Joanna. I know what you mean about your blog being your baby…you really have to nurture it, and just like with children, it’s a joy when people stop to make compliments about it :)

      Sounds like you’re a bit ‘homeless’ like me! I do love travelling though and for me it makes up for the lack of ‘place’.

      Thanks again for stopping by and yes, I will definitely be visiting your baby again soon!

  11. Hey, Katy! (I have a daughter named Katie…which old people always spell “Katy”…I kinda wish we’d spelled it that way, but oh, well!) Thanks for finding my blog and “liking” a post! I can tell you spent a lot of time investigating blogs recently as I have been doing, too – I’ve only been doing this since May, so I’m trying to find like-minded people! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts as we go through this literary world together! (Oh, and by the way, we’ll have to fight for Mr. Darcy…you, me, and a ton of other girls, drat them.)

    • How funny, people are always spelling my name with an ‘ie’! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Gretchen. Yes, I am new to blogging too so have been finding it fascinating to see what else is out there on the blogosphere! So many talented people…it’s rather incredible.

      When it comes to Mr. Darcy, a dual to the death would not be entirely unreasonable…

  12. Hello, Katy! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. Your blog looks really awesome, and so does your life. I can’t claim to be proficient in as many languages as you are, but I am working on improving my Japanese. I look forward to seeing what you do with your blog and coming along for the ride!

    • Thanks for stopping by here also! I really should work at improving my Japanese too…it’s probably the language I’m most hopeless at! But the time! Where can I find the time?! ;)

  13. I shouldn’t worry about being a nerd, as you say you are in your “about” bit at the side. If you’re not nerdily interested in something you’re a boring person. For me it’s writing, history, kinda maths. Writing mainly.

  14. Hello Katy!

    I am an aspiring writer as well! I am new to blogging, but I have already connected with several people that share my dream. It’s so nice to know we are not alone and can support each other along the way.

    I saw that you are working on a fantasy. Care to share a synopsis or are you a writer than believes that is bad luck? :]

    I wish you the best of luck with your writing!

    • Hello there Ister Mazer! It certainly is a great place to connect with like minded people and share the dream :)

      When I have a coherent synopsis for my fantasy novel I’ll be sure to share it with everyone on the ol’ blog….in fact I’ll probably be screaming about it. At this stage it remains some odd pages of writing and a rough plot with lots of holes. I’m hoping that participating in my first NaNoWriMo this year will move it along a little bit. Stay tuned!

      Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to following your writing ventures too! Happy Writing :)

  15. Hey!
    Thanks very much for the like – love your stuff too, and look forward to reading more! Not sure if you”ll get much output with your subscription though…I’ll do my best!

    Thanks again – hope you’re ok!

    Take care

    Adam

    • Hello there literary Indiana Jones, without the hat of course.

      Likewise to you Adam, and thanks for subscribing! Looking forward to reading more at Scribbled Eggs (great name by the way!).

      Katy

  16. Hey.Thanks for liking my latest blog post. That means alot coming from a blogger with thousands of hits like yourself. I also love the “established in 1985” line. Priceless. Lol. I’m an ’85 baby myself. I’ve always loved to write and I figured that this blog will give me great practice in completing my eventual goal of writing a book. I really enjoy the vibe of your blog.

    I just subscribed to it and I would be honored if you would subscribe to mine at http://jeurondove.wordpress.com/. I write about alot of stuff and my goal is for my blog to be as “all over the place” as humanly possible in terms of my subject matter.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog. Keep up the good work!

    • ’85 baby’s are the bomb!

      I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed reading through my blog. You needn’t have asked me to subscribe to yours, because I’d already taken care of that after reading your post about blogging ;) As someone who knows a thing or two about being generally ‘all over the place’, I think it’s such a cool idea and have enjoyed reading through your posts.

      Thanks for stopping by the storytelling nomad, and happy writing!

  17. Hi Katy,

    I have trouble with the concept of home, too, It depends on the mood I’m in and the people I’m with.

    I love your blog. Happy writing!

    Lorna

    • Sorry Lorna, I appear to have missed your comment! I think ‘home’ is becoming difficult for more people to define because we’re such a world of travellers nowadays. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has trouble with the concept though!
      Thanks for stopping by and happy writing! :)

  18. @Kathy thank you for dropping by – 50 hours is a long journey – enjoy your new sun tan! it is snowing here in new england tonight.

    David in Maine USA

      • Hi David! Thank you kindly for the hello :) All is well, though I have been rather caught up in my Masters and a new job, hence the silent absences on my part. But my novel is finally making progress and I now have money to support myself, so all in all a good outcome, I think. Hope all is well all the way over there in the US!

      • Was so lovely to receive this message, thank you for thinking of me! :)

        All is well; I’ve just emerged from the black hole that was a 20,000 word submission for university. I haven’t had much time to blog, but hoping to get back into it with the first deadline out of the way!

  19. Riffing on fantasy… Poetry? Does it exist?

    I wandered upon a bald bard, his melody reaching me before his lack of flax. The tune was off putting so much so that beggars asked instead of alms for silence. And this was his trade. The truly unruly can ask and be brought to stay away. Lepers, leaches, preachers and pinchers. But this bald bard was not so easily swayed, he reveled to stay if not for a night, but just for the day. For a plan he had hatched, and a devil he paid.

  20. Hi Katy! Thanks for subscribing to my blog! You have some great material here and I love your photos. I love traveling too but recently haven’t had a chance to do much of it. For now, it’s all about writing and writing some more.

    Looking forward to reading your blogs!

    • No problem, Corey! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. And thank you for your kind comments. I must admit, I don’t get to travel as often as I’d like being on a student’s income, so writing fills in most of my time too. In that, we are the same! :)

  21. Hey Katy!

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I have so very few hits that I sometimes wonder why I post at all. It means a lot to know that someone – anyone – has read as least a part of what I’ve written.

    Your own is pretty cool – I’ve been around Europe a bit (lived in Switzerland for five years), but I’m finding it hard to believe you’ve been to so many varying places. I like the alphabetical concept you’ve got going on. Nice photos, too.

    Take care!

    Chris

    • No problem, Chris! You have made a reader out of me, and I’m glad you’re enjoying your time at Storytelling Nomad.

      I’ve never been to Switzerland, but have heard so many wonderful things. How lucky that you got to live there! I love to travel but there are still so many places I have yet to see. I envy anyone who lives in Europe because you are just so close to so many other countries. Australia is a little isolated in that sense.

      Thanks for stopping by and happy reading :)

  22. If “Z” is not Zeppelin, I will take it as a personal affront.

    Or what’s the opposite of “affront?” A personal back–handed slap?

  23. Hello,

    I saw your comment on hannahkaren’s blog ‘how I wrote my first book in a rage and survived’. You seemed interested in writers and their process. My blog ‘accidental author’ is focused on how I (an untrained scribbler) became a published author, and how I’m trying to navigate the publishing industry.

    Feel free to check out my posts. I’d love your comments.

    Sirrom

    • Hi Sirrom,
      Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how you found me! Hannah has an awesome blog, so hopefully I send a few people her way too. I’ll be sure to check out your posts; I’m always interested to hear the journey of published authors. What aspiring novelist isn’t?! :)

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  25. Thank you so much for following my blog. It’s really nice to see people taking an intrest in my writing, especially after being up to two in the morning still unable to make one of my chapters work how I want it to.

    • You’re very welcome, Carol! I haven’t had a chance to start Chapter One yet, but I loved the ‘blurb’ on your About page. Sounds like just my kind of story!!

  26. Hi, very nice blog you’ve got here and since I follow both dodging commas and lovethebadguy, I’m inclined to browse around here as well – best of luck with the aussie blog award by the way. :)

    And thanks for visiting my blog too, it’s rare to get visitors who actually either “like” a post or (heaven forbid) leave a comment :D something that’s only started picking up a little recently.
    If you are so inclined though, I’d love to hear some feedback on the weekly short-fiction I post up – I’ve been doing it anyway recently to keep writing (apart from the novel, short stories, comics and stuff I’m working on) but the group called InMon that lovethebadguy also is a part of gives great prompts that I like to incorporate into my weekly story, sort of an added challenge to writing the story itself.

    Look forward to reading your posts.
    Cheers.

    • Thanks for your lovely comments! Blog loving is always welcome :)

      I’ve been a little slack with my online reading lately; my Masters course currently has me wishing there were more hours in the day to read everything I need to read and write the number of words I need to write. That said, I’d be happy to check out your short fiction posts and offer some feedback as soon as I get a chance! We all have to support each other, after all!

      Thanks for stopping by and happy writing!

  27. Hello,

    It is so great to find another aspiring writer. You have done great things with your posts here, so keep penning and keep inspiring! I am sure the door will open for you one day. :-)
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! :-)

    Subhan Zein

    • Thank you for your kind words, Subhan. Keep penning I shall, and hopefully those golden doors will one day welcome me into the land of published writers! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  28. Hi Katy,

    Thank you very much for following my blog! I enjoyed yours and am happy to follow it. :-)

    And you live in Tasmania! Once I go to Tasmania, we should catch up! After all, Canberra-Tasmania is not very far. Thank you again and have a lovely Sunday, my friend! :-)

    Kind regards,

    Subhan Zein

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