Scottish book award honour for local gothic novelist Kate

Award: Kate Horsley
Award: Kate Horsley
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A Lancashire author, who honed her writing skills in the county, has had her debut novel shortlisted for a major literary award.

Kate Horsley who received a distinction for her creative writing MA from Lancaster University, is in the running to receive the Scottish First Book of the Year award.

The writer, who lives with her artist partner, John Brewer, a ghost called Ron and a growing museum of curiosities, was working as an associate lecturer at Lancaster when she wrote The Monster’s Wife.

She said has had “an obsession with laboratories and monsters” since she was a child and has always loved Gothic fiction. She added: “Born into a family of eccentrics, I was raised in a haunted house on the outskirts of London. The daughter of a mad scientist and a crime fiction expert, at the age of four, I wrote and illustrated my first collection of Gothic tales.”

Kate, from Lancaster, is currently working on her second novel called The American Girl. She has previously had her poems and short fiction published in a number of magazines and anthologies.

She added: “This novel grew out of my passion for writing and was a very personal project. I was so happy when I found out that it had been shortlisted for this award alongside the work of other writers I admire.”