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Kim Wilkins Kim Wilkins i(A51311 works by)
Also writes as: Kimberley Freeman ; Kimberley Wilkins
Born: Established: 1970 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1974
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Kim Wilkins is the daughter of Australian parents but lived in England until the age of four. She grew up in Redcliffe, Queensland and wrote her first novel at the age of nine. Wilkins played bass for the Vampigs and other rock bands and worked in a variety of jobs including fast food and typing.

Wilkins gained a first class honours degree in literature (1998), an MA (2000), and a Ph.D (2006) from The University of Queensland. Wilkins also won the University Medal for academic achievement in 1998. She has subsequently taught at The University of Queensland, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Arts in 2017. Her interests include medievalism, adaptation, speculative fiction, and creative uses of mythology.

Primarily an author of fantasy (including horror / dark fantasy) and contemporary epic women's fiction, Wilkins has published novels, children's literature, young-adult literature, novellas and short stories. Her women's fiction, under the pen-name Kimberley Freeman, often explores the struggles of women across disparate time periods. Her fiction is notable for strong, central female characters.

Wilkins' first novel, The Infernal , was published in 1997. Since then, she has published over twenty additional novels, including series for adults such as the Europa Suite and the Blood and Gold series, the Gina Champion Mystery paranormal mystery series for teenagers, and the Sunken Kingdom series for children, as well as a number of standalone novels, novellas (collected in The Year of Ancient Ghosts) and short stories.

She has been published in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Italy and Germany. Among her awards are five Aurealis Awards and a Ditmar Award.

She is the author of the AustLit scholarly bibliography Australian Popular Medievalism which identifies the ways that medieval themes have influenced popular Australian fiction. Read her introductory essay on the project, 'Bell, Book, and Battleaxe'. Wilkins is also a project leader in the Australian Popular Fictions Research Community for AustLit. In 2015, she began a long-term research project on the genre worlds of 21st-century Australian fiction with fellow researchers David Carter, Beth Driscoll, and Lisa Fletcher.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Sisters of the Fire Chatswood : Mira Books , 2016 10435302 2016 single work novel fantasy

'The battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, heir to her father’s throne, is rumoured to be unkillable. So when she learns of a sword wrought specifically to slay her by the fearsome raven king, Hakon, she sets out on a journey to find it before it finds her. The sword is rumoured to be in the possession of one of her four younger sisters. But which one? Scattered as they are across the kingdoms, she sets out on a journey to find them.

'Her four sisters all have their own paths to tread, the gifted magician Ash is on a journey to find a dragon that could determine her destiny. The beautiful, unhappy Rose has left her undermagician Aunt and is speeding to the aid of her daughter, Rowan, who has been lost to her. Ivy, sold into marriage for the sake of an alliance, is now set to become the ruling Duchess of Seacaster with the imminent death of her much older and sick husband, and the power-hungry Willow is raising her infant child as a potential trimartyr king and training to be a warrior for the fanatical religious order Maava.

'From wild rocky coastline to granite-topped tors, from bustling harbours to echoing ghost towns, from halls of kings to ancient primal woodlands, this story follows five sisters upon whose actions kingdoms will rise and fall.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novel
y separately published work icon Daughters of the Storm Chatswood : Harlequin Mira , 2014 8149205 2014 single work novel fantasy

'Lying in a magic-induced coma, the King of Thyrsland is on the brink of death: if his enemies knew, chaos would reign. In fear for his life and his kingdom, his five daughters set out on a perilous journey to try to save him, their only hope an aunt they have yet to meet, a shadowy practitioner of undermagic who lives on the wild northern borders.

'No-one can stand before the fierce tattooed soldier and eldest daughter Bluebell, an army commander who is rumoured to be unkillable, but her sisters, the loyal and mystical Ash, beautiful but unhappily married Rose, pious Willow and uncertain Ivy all have their own secrets to keep from her — the kind of secrets that if revealed could bring disaster down upon not only them, but the entire kingdom.

'Waiting in the wings is stepbrother Wylm whose dealings with Bluebell's greatest enemy, Hakon the Raven King, would end Bluebell's dreams of revenge on his mother and propel his own desperate grasp for power.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Best Novel

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