About Kathy

Kathy Childs

Author

Kathy Childs began writing in her spare time as a hobby, one that quickly developed into a passion. Determined to learn the craft she undertook the Professional Writing and Editing program at Victoria University and regularly attends writing programs to hone her craft.

Kathy has recently completed her first novel – Puzzle Me Dead – a psychological thriller set in Melbourne, Australia.

Her second novel, a YA Fantasy called Slow Burn is well under way.

Kathy also delights in writing short stories – some light and fanciful, others dark and disturbing, but always with a twist.  Her book of short stories titled Do Ghosts Have Freckles? is due out later this year.

Kathy has won a number of competitions and has been published both online and in print. In recognition of her writing, Kathy has also been asked to act as a judge for several Australian short story awards in 2017 and 2018.

When not writing Kathy loves to read and travel with family and friends and even remembers to show up for work on an almost daily basis.

Kathy’s publications include:

  • The Man in the Mirror won first prize in the Good Grief Award 2017 sponsored by the Hunters Writers Centre 2017 (Grieve – Stories for Grief Awareness Month Volume 5, Hunter Valley Writers Centre, 2017).

  • Problem Solver was selected for publication in the Rainforest Writing Retreat Anthology 2017. 
  • Past Future Present won second prize in the Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award, 2016 (Crossroads, Birdcatcher Books, 2017)

  • Do Ghosts Have Freckles was highly commended in the Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award, 2016 (Longing for Solitude, Stringybark Publishing, 2016).

  • Lighting the Way won the local content prize in the Ex Libris Festival of Words, Port Fairy, 2015 (The Standard Newspaper, 2015).

  • The Woman in the Window was highly commended in the Ghostly Stringybark, 2015 (Ghostly Stringybark, Stringybark Publishing, 2015).

  • Ghostly Hugh was highly commended in the Ghostly Stringybark Award, 2015 (Ghostly Stringybark, Stringybark Publishing, 2015).

  • Honest Abe was highly commended in the Stringybark Short Story Award, 2014 (No Tea Tomorrow, Stringybark Publishing, 2014)

  • No Tea Tomorrow won the Stringybark Short Story Award, 2014 (No Tea Tomorrow, Stringybark Publishing, 2014).