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The Rose Smuggler

A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

APPEARANCES



SAVE THE DATE! Kate's appearances in 2017.

Tuesday 2 May - Thursday 4 May - Kate will be appearing at the Newington Literature Festival, in Sydney. 


Friday 5 May 11:30 - 12:30 - April Kate will be running the ASA online workshop HOW TO PLOT A NOVEL. Book here.

Friday 5 May 2pm - Kate will be telling stories at the Teacher Librarian Conference being held at the Manly Novotel. 


Saturday 6 May & Sunday 7 May - Kate will be running a two-day HISTORY, MYSTERY & MAGIC workshop at the Australian Writers Centre in Sydney - BOOKED OUT!


Friday 19 May - 1.30pm - Kate is speaking to the Campbelltown School Library Network 


Wednesday May 24  Storytelling at Queenwood


Thursday 1 June  - 20th Anniversary of  the release of "Dragonclaw" - my first book.  Expect a week of fantasy, flashbacks and fairy tales! 


Friday 2 June  11:30 - 12:30 -  Kate will be running the ASA online workshop BUILDING THE FICTIONAL WORLD. Book here.


KATE FORSYTH - Special Appearances in Dallas, Texas from Thursday June 15 - Saturday June 17 - DON'T MISS OUT!

Friday, June 16th

Kate Forsyth Cactus & Kangaroos Readerathon: 

When: Friday, June 16, 2017; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Half Price Books, Flagship Store, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231 
What: Attendees of this event for readers will receive: 

• Choice of one novel, either Bitter Greens (available in paperback) or The Wild Girl (available in hardback)
• Time to meet and greet Kate, and have her sign your book
• Entry for a door prize drawing
• Opportunity to meet other local authors of various genres

Purchase tickets at www.WORDwriters.org/register 

• Early-bird discount price $39 April 8 - 15
• Prices go up to $49 on April 16
• Seating is limited. Only 100 tickets are available. Don’t wait!


Saturday, June 17th

Kate Forsyth Cactus & Kangaroos Writers Intensive:

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
• Morning session, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Keeping the Reader Turning the Pages – The Importance of Pace, Suspense, & Surprise

• Afternoon session, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Building the Fictional World

Where: Richardson Woman’s Club 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., Richardson TX 75082
What: Attend Kate’s 3-hour workshop and receive:
• Choice of one novel, either Bitter Greens (available in in paperback) or The Wild Girl (available in hardback)
• Time to meet and greet Kate, and have her sign your book 
• Entry for a door prize drawing

Purchase tickets at www.WORDwriters.org/register 
• Morning or Afternoon workshop is $99 each
• All-day, including both workshops, one book,and lunch, is $169 
• Seating is limited. Don’t wait!

Morning Session: Keeping the Reader Turning the Pages – The Importance of Pace, Suspense, & Surprise

Writers often ask Kate what she thinks is the secret to creating a great story, and her answer is always the same – suspense and surprise. These two ingredients are vital for any story, no matter the genre or the medium.

Simply put, if you don’t hook your readers, they won’t be utterly compelled to begin reading your story. If you don’t drive the story forward by making readers worry about your characters, they won’t have a reason to keep reading. And if you don’t maintain your pace and keep your reader guessing, you’ll not keep them flipping the pages long into the night.

In this 3-hour workshop, Kate Forsyth reveals the secrets to creating and maintaining suspense, manipulating your reader’s physiological reactions by controlling pace, and the importance of internal rhythm and story structure in keeping a reader riveted to the page.

Make sure to write down all your questions beforehand so you don’t forget to ask them on the day!

Afternoon session: Building the Fictional World

John Fowles said, “there are many reasons why novelists write – but they all have one thing in common: a need to create an alternative world.”

Many people think world-building is only necessary for writers of fantasy fiction, but the truth is every single novel – whether contemporary or historical, realist or fantastic – is creating a fictional landscape. Most readers hope for a totally immersive reading experience. They want to feel as if the world they have stepped into is real. But how does the writer create that sense of veracity?

In this 3-hour long workshop, Kate Forsyth will teach you all she knows about creating a fictional world that feels real. We’ll also look at constructing scenes, integrating summary, and ways to seamlessly weave in exposition and description. Finally, Kate will discuss the importance of research and how to go about it.
Make sure to write down all your questions beforehand so you don’t forget to ask them on the day!



 22 June - Kate will be running a full-day workshop THE WRITER'S TOOLBOX at the Historical Novel Society (USA) conference in Portland, Oregon, USA. More information here!


Friday 23 June - Sunday 25 June - Kate will be appearing on panels and other events at the Historical Novel Society (USA) conference in Portland, Oregon, USA. More information here!


Monday 3 July - "BEAUTY IN THORNS" Released.  This is Kate's 40th book and already it has garnered a great deal of excitement. Pre-order your copy here!


Tuesday 4 July 3pm - Erina Library HSC workshop. 


Tuesday 4 July 6pm Kate will be appearing at Kincumber Library to discuss her new book BEAUTY IN THORNS.  For details


Thursday 6 July - "BEAUTY IN THORNS" Book Launch.  Berkelouw Books, Balgowlah.  Details to come.


Friday 7 July - Kate will be running an ASA Online Workshop: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED. BOOK HERE.

 

Saturday 8 July Join Kate for High Tea at Better Read Than Dead. Details to come. 


Tuesday 11 July 6:30PM - Kate will be appearing at Sutherland Library to discuss BEAUTY IN THORNS. 


Tuesday 18 July - Kate will be appearing at Woollahra Library to discuss BEAUTY IN THORNS


Wednesday 19 July - Kate will be teaching a full-day writing workshop at the Sholhaven Library, in Nowra .  Contact Jo on 0418 934 756 to book.


Wednesday 19 July  Tonight Kate will be speaking about BEAUTY IN THORNS at Shoalhaven Library.  More details to come.


Thursday 20th July - Join Kate at the National Library in Canberra to discuss her new novel, BEAUTY IN THORNS. Details to come.


Wednesday 9th August - Kate will be guest speaking at Shore School's annual literary lunch.  More details to come. 


Friday 11 August - Kate will be teaching a full-day writing workshop at the Love Gone Wild, the 26th Annual Romance Writers of Australia conference in BrisbaneMore details here.


Saturday 12 August & Sunday 13 August - Kate will be appearing on panels and other events at the Love Gone Wild, the 26th Annual Romance Writers of Australia conference in BrisbaneMore details here.


Sunday 27 August - Sunday 3rd September - Kate will be in the Cotswolds, UK with her HISTORY, MYSTERY & MAGIC Literary Tour & Writing Retreat. BOOK NOW!     


Friday 8 September - Sunday 10 September - Kate will be appearing at the Historical Novel Society conference (Australasia) in Melbourne. Details to come.  


Sunday 15 October & Sunday 22 October - Kate will be teaching her Editing Masterclass workshop THE STORY DOCTOR at the Australian Writers Centre in Sydney. Details to come.