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Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children's librarian and currently manages the children's and YA section at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart, where she is also 'Miss Cackle', fearless leader of the Fullers Ferrets. Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she's not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to.
What did you like reading when you were a teenager?
I read anything I could get my hands on! I read my mum's books – classics and crime thrillers (until they started giving me nightmares) – and my dad's books (Nick Hornby and Nick Earls) – and even my brother's books (The Goosebumps series, would you believe?). I also really loved the brilliant fantasy writer, Tamora Pierce. Later in my teens, I went a bit emo and got into some Anne Rice. I was on the vampire thing way before Twilight! I like to think of myself as a trendsetter ... (not really).
What were you like at school?
I wish I could say I was the cool, edgy outcast, or even one of the popular people. I wasn't. I was, I think, quite boring, actually. I spent a lot of time reading. I never got asked out. I was painfully shy. The thing is, though, I now look back in high school as being a really great time.I had wonderful friends and they're still my friends now. We had fun, doing our slightly nerdy, Spice-Girls-loving thing, and I love those memories. One piece of high school advice I have for you is: do it your way. Ten years on, you won't care if you were popular, or about that pimply guy you had an unrequited crush on. Or even how good your marks were. You'll love the memories of you and your mates dancing around the lounge room, singing Take That songs (or Lady Gaga or Kings of Leon or whoever it is you like to listen to). Trust me.
Is anything in Three Things About Daisy Blue based on real life?
Every book I write has things in it that are stolen from my own experiences. My parents are teachers, so I understood how Paulina felt about having to live up to a high standard, academically. I was a bit of a nerd at high school, with frizzy hair and no fashion sense. On the other hand, I love animals and glossy magazines, like Daisy does, and I love finding strange words. I love Sylvia Plath, but I don't tell many people that because I'm worried they'll think I'm pretentious and angsty. Even the cat called Plugger is an actual cat who belongs to my friends the Newalls! Oh and, of course, I went to Bali as a teen and it was the most amazing experience.
What's the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
The best piece of life advice I was ever given was by my college art teacher, who told me that "only dead fish swim with the stream". Basically, he was saying that going against the tide and doing your own thing is the one way you can be truly alive. Also, one of my best mates, Shelley, has a great quote: "If you're skating on thin ice, you might as well tap dance". If you're going to do something, do it with all your might, even if it means you might fall!
Find out more about Kate at: www.kategordon.com.au