Kate Morton (born 1976) is an acclaimed Australian author, who has enjoyed considerable domestic and international success with her recent novels, The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton (also known as The Shifting Fog). Kate Morton is also writing a new novel, "The Distant Hours", expected to be released some time during 2010.
Morton, the eldest of three sisters, was born in Queensland, Australia. Her family moved several times before settling on Tamborine Mountain where she attended a small country school. She enjoyed reading books from an early age, her favourites being those by Enid Blyton.
She completed a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London and then a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Later she earned first class honours for her English Literature degree at Queensland University, during which time she wrote two full length manuscripts (which are unpublished) before writing the story that would become The Shifting Fog (The House at Riverton).
Following this she obtained a scholarship and completed a Master's degree focussing on tragedy in Victorian literature. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program researching contemporary novels that marry elements of gothic and mystery fiction.
Kate is married to Davin, a composer, and they have two young sons. All four live together in a nineteenth-century home.
Kate Morton's books have been published in 31 countries. The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. The Shifting Fog won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards, and The House at Riverton was nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008. Her second book, The Forgotten Garden, was a #1 bestseller in Australia and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008.