Kate Walker

Biography

Hi, I'm Kate Walker.

I live in Australia and I've been writing since 1977, and I love it. Writing is the only thing I want to do when I get up in the morning. I'd write all day long if I could. Which is just as well, because I'm one of the slowest writers on the planet. It takes me an age to write anything. I do dozens of drafts. Even a short story can take me years to complete.

Because of the vast differences in what I write – Children’s Books, YA & Adult stories – I've posted my work on separate web pages. Please see:
www.katewalkerwriter4children.com - & - www.katewalkeraustralia.com

I also taught Creative Writing for 20+ years and I’ve just published two booklets of exercises that cover the creative approach I developed. Because my first classes were with students with learning difficulties, I had to find a whole new way of teaching writing … and I did. Please see: www.creativewritingclassroom.com

There's an accomplished Romance writer of the same name – Kate Walker. She’s from the UK and publishes with Mills & Boon and Harlequin. If you’ve come to this page looking for her, you’ll find her home page at: www.kate-walker.com Greetings, Kate.

Where to find Kate Walker online


Where to buy in print


Books

Lesson Plan - Letters of a Convict Girl - Grades 4-6
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Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: Australian English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.00)
A Week-long Lesson Plan in Story & Language Assessment using the text 'Letters of a Convict Girl - Age 11' by Kate Walker. ~ Questions on content, language use and text interpretation. ~ Letter Writing Model and Task. ~ Suitable for classroom and home schooling.
Rory, My Brother
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Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
It’s hard to live with some people, and harder to live without them. This story is based on a real family I meet some years ago. Their plight touched me, not least of all that of the older brother. Because the family tried to protect him, he seemed farthest removed from the unfolding tragedy. But there was no protecting him from the fact that sometimes, unfortunately, love hurts.
Step By Step Stories - A New Approach to Writing
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
(5.00)
A totally new way to Teach & Learn story craft & creative writing. Exercises honed in the classroom by a well-published, professional author. For Teachers - Home Schoolers - Young Solo Writers. No pre-class prep. Open the book & read. Sample download will give you the intro, plus Exercise 1 to trial. Students love this approach. It makes them feel like real writers.
Writing Enrichment - The Basics of Good Creative Writing
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 19,980. Language: Australian English. Published: April 22, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
(5.00)
NOT another book about coming up with ideas for stories, but how to actually WRITE them! These exercises are crafted around the specific process whereby students learn to write. (See introduction.) Low stress for teachers & students alike. No pre-class prep. Open the booklet & read. Also suit homeschoolers. A radically new approach, originally developed for students with learning difficulties.
No Bullies No Way
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
How do you deal with bullies? Two cool kids at different high schools find themselves confronted by very different types of bullies, and for both it’s something that’s never happened before! Surfer Mitch & mountain-biker Sue exchange very personal emails on matters at their various schools, matters fast spiraling out of control. How can bullies be halted?
Always There's Omens
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
A story of insight and loss. A mother, jack-knifed out of reality by the pending death of her only son, begins to see the world differently. Suddenly there’s signs and meaning everywhere – signs that explain the inexplicable, uplift and furnish hope. But are these signs real? Is she reading them correctly? Can anything truly spare her the grief that's now just a phone call away?
Letters of a Convict Girl, Age 11
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
At age 11 Rosie O'Brien is sentenced to 14 years in prison and transported to the other side of the world – the far Colony of New South Wales. In this wild place she has only herself to rely on. Her letters home record the trials, hardships and miracles that befall her. Somewhere in this God forsaken land is her convict father, but is he alive? Based on actual convict experiences.
Peter
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,920. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
A very personal & honest look at a boy’s awakening sexuality. Peter is 15, a dirt bike rider & would-be photographer with the usual teen hang-ups about sex & ‘fitting in’. Then he spends a brief, unplanned afternoon with his brother’s friend, David. David is 20, tall, good-looking & immaculately dressed – everything Peter is not. And it turns out David is gay.
The Dragon of Mith
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,460. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(4.00)
Prize-Winning fantasy novel to make you laugh. And bite your nails! For readers 7 to 70. A dragon arrives in the town of Mith, and everyone takes fright and runs! Except a young girl, Krissy, who thinks to ask the dragon why he's come. Slowly she discovers some amazing things about him. And about her town! A funny dragon story full of secrets and surprises.
The Rascal Horse of Rumpsford - A Funny Story in Verse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Prize Winning, funny story about a crafty old horse & a greedy landlord. An easy to read tale in rhyming verse. But be warned, things get 'mucky' towards the end! Ist PRIZE in Fanstory's 'Share a Story in a Poem' Contest March 2012. Fun poetry for shared reading.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kate Walker

  • No Tears For My Father on Nov. 26, 2013

    Wow! I sat up late into the night to finish this book. I couldn't tear myself away. 'No Tears For My Father' is an extraordinary story written by an extraordinary woman who not only survived abuse at the hands of a monster, but has written about it with an honesty that often times stops your heart. Few people could have been as candid as this author. She lays herself bare, making us privy to the physical abuse she endured for thirteen years. But this book is far more than a memoir. The narrative builds like a well-handled work of fiction in which all the main characters develop and grow. At each stage in the drama their motives are revealed or questioned by the author. Most compelling for me were her insights into herself. We observe first-hand her see-sawing emotions, hopes and despair. A remarkable book. A beacon for others emerging from that same dark, terrible place. And a triumph for the author who has survived, and more.