Katie Ward

Katie Ward was born in Somerset in 1979. She has worked in the public and voluntary sectors, including at a women’s refuge center, in the office of a Member of Parliament, and in various community-based projects. She lives in Suffolk, England, with her husband and two cats.

Books by this Author

This stunningly original, kaleidoscopic novel is an inspired celebration of women reading and the artists who have caught them in the act—“a vivid portrait of a timeless subject” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

A young orphan poses for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena. A servant girl in seventeenth-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. An eighteenth-century female painter completes a portrait of a deceased...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ – Samuel Beckett

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I identify with Virginia Woolf’s frailty and self-doubt, her eccentric lifestyle and drab domesticity. When she writes about writing, lots of it rings true.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who complain too much.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Hazel from ‘Watership Down’. You have to admire a bunny rabbit with leadership skills.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Florence + the Machine.

Author Voices

April 16, 2013

‘Ours is the biggest book club in the world,’ my host says. ‘We think so, anyway.’

This is my second speaking engagement at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida. The first was on Thursday 7th February in the Daniels Pavilion to a sold out house of 282. On the following Saturday, the auditorium is at around half capacity. However, as this is the Hayes Hall, a full scale concert hall, it equates to some 672 people who have come for … well, just a book talk really.

While I’m waiting in the wings during my introduction, one of the crew adjusts the monitor... see more

February 21, 2013

For some time it’s been very convenient to think of what I do as two jobs.

One is being a writer. That is, the person who writes fiction, who ruminates on plots, characters, structures and symbols, and who for better or worse attempts to scratch out a story which in some degree matches the aspirations of my mind.

My other job is being an author. The author is different. The author has an author website to maintain, tweets author tweets, has an author Facebook page, and an author photograph. The author gives author talks, does author interviews, keeps author accounts, files an author tax return, and answers author email.... see more

January 23, 2012

Nearly 800 years ago, in the 13th century, the Italian city state of Siena was under threat of attack by its powerful neighbour, the city of Florence. The Florentines intended to take Siena by force, to extend their territories and wealth. Florence had an army of 35,000 men; Siena and its allies could only muster 20,000. Defeat looked inevitable.

Out of desperation, the Mayor of Siena led a procession of the city’s people to the doors of the cathedral, penitent and barefooted. The Mayor prostrated himself in front of the high altar, before of the icon of the Virgin Mary. He approached it saying, “I, most miserable and unfaithful of... see more

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