Kate Murdoch is the author of Stone Circle. She exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction.
Her short-form fiction is regularly published in Australia, UK, US and Canada.
Stone Circle is a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy. It was released by Fireship Press December 1st 2017.
Her novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France, will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2019.
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My personal motto:
“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.”
- A typical (work) day begins with… After a strong milky coffee, I check social media and catch up on emails. If I’m feeling uninspired I’ll go for a run before working.
- I lose track of time… on social media. It’s a total time drain. Also when I’m researching for a book and looking up various things, I end up in unexpected places on the internet and time disappears.
- I have always… needed to recharge in nature. Just absorbing the birdsong, the wind, the sun and the quiet.
- I have never… liked crowds. They jangle my nerves and make me anxious.
- Home means to me… spending time with my family or by myself. Shared meals, companionship and privacy.
- I am inspired by… The Dalai Lama. His cheeky laugh, humility and wisdom.
- I would like to meet… Elizabeth Gilbert. She spreads light in the world and lifts people up.
- My worst character trait… I can be self-absorbed when I’m working and everything else melts away. My focus on what I’m creating is absolute.
- My best character trait… I’m loyal to my friends and I nurture and support them. I can understand people on a deeper level fairly quickly.
- The best advice I was given… Look after yourself so you’re able to look after others. Don’t follow the crowd.
Is the Ability to Read Minds a Blessing or a Curse?
When Antonius’s father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga. Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status and Antonius has limited opportunities.
When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance. The winner will be apprenticed to the town seer. Antonius shares first place with his employer’s son.
The two men compete for their mentor’s approval. As their knowledge of magic and alchemy grows, so does the rivalry and animosity between them. When the love of a beautiful woman is at stake, Antonius must find a way to follow his heart and navigate his future.
Print length: 243 pages
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