Kathy Sharp


Growing up by the sea in Kent, back in the 1960s, it was Kathy’s ambition to become a writer. Time passed. She married, moved to west London, and had a daughter. She continued to write, and had a small book or two on countryside and nature subjects published. She worked for many years as a desktop publisher for Surrey County Council, and as a tutor in adult education.

And then, one day, she visited a friend who had just moved to the Isle of Portland, Dorset, and fell in love with the place. She has now lived in the Weymouth and Portland area for eight years, and still loves it. The wonderful Jurassic Coast, and Portland in particular, were the inspiration for her first novel, Isle of Larus.

Kathy also sings with, and writes lyrics for, the Island Voices Choir on Portland, and is a keen member of local writing groups, as well as enjoying studying the local flora.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a seaside town, and now, after a very long gap living inland, I'm living by the sea again - within sight of it. And I'm very content to be here. The sea always seemed to me to be a living thing, and it figures very strongly in my first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Isle of Larus is a comedy adventure, and a romance, too, in the old-fashioned sense. It tells of the four leaders of an imaginary isle, all of them grown-up people and disinclined to change, and how they cope with a series of difficult and sometimes downright impossible situations. They are by turns alarmed, appalled, indignant and very annoyed by it all, but they learn a great deal about themselves, and each other. There are storms, shipwrecks, invasions, piratical thieves, a betting scam, and a herd of ponies stuck in a cellar for them to deal with, and much else besides. It's a very unusual book, and you really need to read it for yourself!
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Where to buy in print


All the Wild Weather
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,100. Language: British English. Published: August 11, 2016 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Writer Paddy Fields is investigating the mysterious disappearing Isle of Larus – but never dreams he will find himself helping to defend it against a seemingly unstoppable enemy. His adventures with the gentle people of Larus lead him into an exciting and life-changing experience. Can Paddy manage to help fight off rampaging pirates in the world of Larus without revealing the island's secrets?
Sea of Clouds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,310. Language: British English. Published: October 22, 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Three messages arrive in the world of Larus: one brings a seeker of the truth, one brings an old flame, and one is a cry for help. They are all bad news, so far as the Reverend Pontius is concerned. But little does the Reverend, and the other guardians of Larus, know that none of them will have such far-reaching consequences as a fourth and very mysterious message that appears...
Isle of Larus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,630. Language: British English. Published: July 23, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The calm before the storm. The four guardians of the Isle of Larus have been enjoying quiet and comfortable lives, with nothing more than the occasional shipwreck to trouble them – but all that is about to change.

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