Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Kim Finds Her Novel Destiny

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Kim Finds Her Novel Destiny

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Byron Bay astrologer Kim Falconer believes she was destined to become an author - it was written in the stars.

"I wrote my first story when I was five years old, about a Halloween black cat who talked," Falconer told The Northern Star from the Byron Bay home she shares with her two black cats.

From that early start, Falconer has since been published extensively as a non-fiction writer in subjects as diverse as astrology to lactation consultation; but her life-long dream of becoming a full-time novelist has only recently come true.

Last month the second-generation astrologer's first novel, The Spell of Rosette, was published by HarperCollins and has already been catapulted to the bestseller lists.

The novel, the first of a trilogy, is centred on Rosette - a child whose family is murdered and who finds refuge with Nell, a shape-shifting high priestess of the ancient blood, who teaches her the arts of witchcraft, stars and sword.

Rosette is a child of two worlds: Gaela, steeped in magic, and an Earth choked with failing technology. The key to their survival is literally in her blood, a spell passed down through her family line to preserve the one they're sworn to protect.

The story resonates with Falconer's own childhood spent in Santa Cruz, USA, an area Falconer said used to be tagged as the murder capital of the world.

It was also where Falconer was introduced to the occult world through her grandmother and her astrologer father.

"The whole family was attracted to the occult, so it's in my blood," Falconer said.

"My life has been very eclectic. At 11 years of age I was introduced to meditation by a Native American friend of my father's; I've learned to use the samurai sword and I've always studied astrology.

"At 17 my first mystical teacher was an amazing elderly psychic woman called Lois Gough."

Falconer has carved out a successful career as an astrologist and now runs an astrology forum and alternative science site in addition to her writing. …

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