Kate Loveday grew up in the seaside suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia with a love of books, and always wanted to write. Her career has included publication of travel articles and short stories, as well as popular fiction. She previously worked in real estate and building, as an office manager, and finally as a natural beauty therapist, running her own natural therapy business with husband Peter for many years.
In 1988 Kate and Peter moved to Sydney for business reasons, and after thirteen years in that city they spent three years caravanning around Australia. It was while in far north Queensland that she conceived the idea for her first novel, ‘Inheritance’, a romance/mystery/ adventure set in the beautiful tropical rainforests of the area and the Great Barrier Reef.
When they finished travelling, they settled in the mid-north coast of NSW. A love of history prompted her to research the past of the rural area to which she moved, and the conditions for women in the nineteenth century, when women had few rights and were dominated by the men of the time. This provoked her to write An Independent Woman, the first novel in the Redwoods series, which chronicles the life and passions of Kitty Morland, a woman of the era. The second book in the series is ‘A Liberated Woman’ which continues her story.
After years of being separated from her family, the pull of blood ties became too strong to resist. Kate and Peter returned to Adelaide, with Kate leaving behind a piece of her heart that will always remain in the beautiful Manning Valley in NSW.
Kate says, “I just want to write good stories, stories you can lose yourself in, with real characters you can love – or hate – that will keep you engrossed to the end. And if I can manage to touch your heart along the way, I’m happy.”