Just a quick post to let you all know my lovely news. About this time last year you might remember I was thrilled to receive an Arts Tasmania grant to work on Book Three in the Thyla series, Sarco. Well, the first draft of Sarco is done and dusted and is now being read by my amazing agent. It has been the most wonderful experience and privilege to spend the past year writing full-time on this draft, something I would never have been able to do without the grant. My next task? To draft the fourth and final book in the series, Diemen.
And yesterday I received a very wonderful letter in the mail, from Arts Tasmania, to let me know I had been successful in receiving a 2012 grant to work on Diemen!
Words can’t express my gratitude to Arts Tasmania for their support of my work. Through their assistance I have been able to establish myself as a full-time writer and produce work of a quality I never would have been able to achieve if I was still juggling writing and full-time work. It is so heartening to me to have the backing of the Tasmanian government in producing my Thyla novels, as their “Tasmanian-ness” is so important to me.
I also want to thank the sublime Miss Zoe Walton, and my incredible agent, Nanette Halliday, for the testimonial letters they produced in support of my application, and the super talented Miss Kimberley Bennett for her wisdom and insight every step of the way in the editing process of the series.
Last but not least, I want to thank my darling Husband Bear who read and reread my application, and who has supported and encouraged me all the way with my writing career. Without him, there would be no Thyla. In fact, there would probably be no Kate Gordon writing as he was the first person who had faith in me and gave me the confidence to think I could do this author thing.
I’m just over the moon and so thankful and I can’t wait for 2012 to begin work on Diemen. I’m so grateful that I’m able to do my dream job every day. Thank you again to Arts Tasmania for making it possible.