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Katherine Roberts is an English author, best known for her fantasy trilogy The Echorium Sequence. She spent most of her childhood in Devon and Cornwall, England. She is the daughter of Derek Robert, an electrical engineer, and Dorothy Margaret, a teacher.
Katherine Roberts spent most of her childhood in Devon and Cornwall where she was born. She first entered education at an infant school in Redruth (Cornwall), later on joining the Oldway County Primary School in Paignton (Devon) and then moving onto Torquay Grammar School for Girls (also in Devon). She graduated with a first degree in Mathematics from the University of Bath. Following on from that, she has had numerous jobs associated with programming computers, looking after racehorses and a job in a pet shop.
In 2001, she published the first novel in The Seven Fabulous Wonders series called The Great Pyramid Robbery, which the Sunday Express said was "A terrific tale of plots, curses and evil forces set in ancient Egypt". This was followed on with The Babylon Game in 2002, which was said to be "Incredible... adventures that twist and turn and will have you spellbound on every page," by the Children's Book of the Week, South Wales Evening Post. The same year, the third book in the series, The Amazon Temple Quest, was published, and in 2003, The Mausoleum Murder was also published. Following on from this, in 2004 and 2005, The Olympic Conspiracy and The Colossus Crisis were also published within the series. The series concluded in 2006 with the seventh book, The Cleopatra Curse.
Katherine Roberts has also produced other books such as Spellfall, which The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week said, "this magical and fantastical story from Roberts has lessons for real children about taking responsibility.", Spell Wars (2000), and I Am the Great Horse (2006).
She mainly writes within the fantasy genre, and she is currently encouraging local schools to interest children in creative writing.
She has commented on her website that;
|“||I've always loved telling stories! My first stories weren't even written down they were told to my little brother at bedtime. He was 4 and I was 7. Later, my parents bought me a typewriter (no computers in those days!) so I used that to make my stories look neat. But I didn't dare send anything off to a publisher until I was about 30 - and then it took me another 7 years to get my first book published.||”|
Her FAQ on her website also states that she does no research for some books mostly genre specific books only and she states that her average book takes 6 months to write. She comments that it takes several drafts of the books she writes to make sense as that is the way she works. She dislikes having a planned out plot and believes part of the fun of writing is feeling your way through the story.
The Echorium Sequence
The Seven Fabulous Wonders
- The Great Pyramid Robbery (2001)
- The Babylon Game (2002)
- The Amazon Temple Quest (2002)
- The Mausoleum Murder (2003)
- The Olympic Conspiracy (2004)
- The Colossus Crisis (2005)
- The Cleopatra Curse (2006)
- Sword of Light (2012)
- Lance of Truth (2012)
- Crown of Dreams (2013)
- Grail of Stars (2014)
- Horse of Mist (prequel) (2014)
- Spellfall (2001)
- Spell Spring (2016)
- Spell Wars (2000)
- I Am the Great Horse (2006)
- Magical Horses (2009)
- Death Singer and other fantasy tales (2011)
- Raconteur Award (1995) - Across the Water
- Story Cellar Award (1994) - Mars Take Seed Make Man
- Grotesque Readers Award (1996) - Fatstock
- Broadsword Fiction of the Year Award (1996) - Under the Eyemoon
- Branford Boase Award (2000) - Song Quest