Kathy Childs was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. After numerous careers in New Zealand, the UK and Australia, she founded a boutique hotel and long stay accommodation company based in Melbourne where she now resides.She 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.
Kathy honed her skills writing short stories – some light and fanciful, others dark and disturbing. Her book of short stories Do Ghosts Have Freckles? is due to be published in 2021.
Kathy has won a number of writing 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.
Puzzle Me Dead, a suspense thriller set in Melbourne, Australia, is Kathy’s first novel. Her second, a YA Fantasy called Slow Burn is well underway.
When not writing, or working, Kathy loves to read and to travel with family and friends.
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).