(21st) Katherine Roberts


My first published novel SONG QUEST won the 2000 Branford Boase Award (presented annually to a debut book by a UK author for young readers). Since then I have been internationally published by children's publishers including HarperCollins, Scholastic, Chicken House and Templar, mainly in the middle grade/teen children's market. Most of my early titles are now out of print at their original publishers, but if you missed any of them you can now get ebook editions from all the main outlets, or order a brand new print-on-demand paperback from Amazon.

I was active in the small press community in the 1990's, when my short fiction appeared in various SF/Fantasy and Horror magazines. (I am in the process of collecting some of these stories into ebooks.) These were enjoyed by an adult audience, so I have recently launched a signature list for older readers under my middle initial 'Katherine A Roberts' - starting with a trilogy of novellas about Genghis Khan, his childhood sweetheart Borta, and his blood brother Jamukha.

Eventually, I hope to publish some historical fiction for adult readers, as well as continuing to work with children's/YA publishers on younger material. Meanwhile, I was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Plymouth University in 2015/16, and I'll be working with Exeter and Falmouth students at the Penryn campus for the academic year 2017/18.