About Me


I have lived in Melbourne, Australia for most of my adult life having spent much of my childhood on a dairy farm in South East Queensland.

I began this blog to explain the journey in writing my first novel. My father passed away some years ago and I discovered letters he had written in 1948 to my grandmother. From the letters, I  untangled a story of hardship, Colonialism, racism, violence and murder. Check out my first blog for more info.  https://sckarakaltsas.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/the-letters/

Having no background in writing, I’ve always been an avid reader.  Three years ago, I managed to unravel something inside me that drove me to write. I published my first novel, called Climbing the Coconut Tree  in February 2016.

My short story, ‘The Surprise’ was shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Awards in October 2016 which is included in my book titled, “Out of Nowhere – A Collection of Short Stories,” which was released May 2017.

I am also working on another historical fiction novel called, ‘ A Perfect Stone,’  about two children escaping from the Greek Civil War during a mass evacuation.

Writing is now my passion.


26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lemonpath August 13, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Great title for a book and sounds like a interesting story, is it published yet?


    • S.C Karakaltsas August 13, 2015 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks so much. I have sent it off to quite a few publishers and am waiting for a response. I think though that I will self publish. Thanks for reading my blog.


  2. Anonymous January 15, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Sylvia, congratulations! Can’t wait to read the book, the blog is teaser!

    Liked by 1 person

    • S.C Karakaltsas January 15, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks for reading my blog. I expect the book to be available in the coming weeks.


  3. Sherrey Meyer February 17, 2016 / 9:29 am

    I love what you’re doing with your blog, and I find your novel intriguing. I too want to share my father’s story as a historical novel but don’t have the benefit of too much history. He was raised in an orphanage from an early age (therefore, quite a bit of fiction!). That book will have to wait until my memoir is finished, or maybe not.

    The header image you’ve used is just perfect. A word of caution; if you haven’t used your own image, set up a page called something like “Header Credit” or “Header Attribution” to give the photographer credit for the image. You don’t want a lawsuit for copyright infringement. Take a look at my book review blog or my writing blog at SherreyMeyer.com. Both have such an attribution.

    Otherwise, your blog seems to have a good foundation, and I really want some time to read more of it. Good luck with your book!

    PS: I’m subscribing to your blog via email.

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    • S.C Karakaltsas February 17, 2016 / 9:48 am

      Thanks so much for your feedback. I was conscious about using copyright so used my own photo in the header.


  4. Sparkyjen June 10, 2016 / 5:51 am

    Highest and Best to you as you await your first published book of shorts, or begin your self-publishing journey. I love that when you found your father’s stories, you decided to continue his legacy by writing them into what may turn out to be a wonderful success. Fingers Crossed!

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  5. Anonymous July 25, 2016 / 1:21 am

    Good luck with your writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Daal July 27, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    inspiring! thanks for taking us on your creative journey 🙂


  7. acflory August 19, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Congratulations! When I read the name ‘Bluey’ I just knew you had to be an Aussie. And a Melbourne girl as well. Lovely to meet you. 🙂


  8. Candelo Blooms September 1, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Thank you for liking my post on One Year On and Still Blogging! It is a great way to connect with people! Where did you grow up in South-East Queensland? We had a cattle property half an hour south of Beaudesert, right on the NSW border. Your book sounds really interesting- old family letters are so valuable! Good Luck with your next book! x

    Liked by 1 person

    • S.C Karakaltsas September 1, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks for checking out my blog. I grew up in a lovely place called Maleny – you may have heard of it. Writing is now something I do every day where I can. Keep up the great work with your blog.


      • Candelo Blooms September 1, 2016 / 10:18 pm

        Maleny is a beautiful spot! What a lovely place to grow up! Thank you for your kind words. x

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  9. shobasadler October 8, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I’m glad you liked my article ‘When A Book Deal Is Not A Big Deal’. Thank you for visiting my site. You have an intriguing premise for a story, I must say. It must have been quite an emotional experience to find those letters and piece the past together. I hail from Malaysia and fully understand what it must have been like to be ruled by the Japanese. It was a very unpleasant time for my grandparents and even parents. Well done in telling your parents’ story in a book! Best wishes

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  10. Jude May 14, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Thanks for visiting my author blog! It’s lovely to connect to other authors, and I will enjoy following your blog. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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