About S.C. Karakaltsas


S.C. Karakaltsas was born in Melbourne and spent the first three years of her life in Singapore. Her family bought a dairy farm in Maleny, located in South East Queensland where she spent most of her childhood. As a teenager she moved to Melbourne where she finished high school and studied Economics at Monash University. She spent more than thirty years working in the corporate sector until she discovered a love for writing in 2014.

This blog originally commenced to explain the journey in writing her first novel. Her father passed away some years ago and she discovered letters he’d written in 1948 to her grandmother. From the letters, a story of hardship, Colonialism, racism, violence and murder was untangled. Something unravelled inside her enough to drive her to write and published her first novel, Climbing the Coconut Tree  in February 2016. Check out her first blog post  for more.  https://sckarakaltsas.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/the-letters/

She began writing short stories in 2015 and The Surprise was shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Awards in October 2016 which is included in her second published book titled, Out of Nowhere – A Collection of Short Stories,  released May 2017. Another story, Stanley Place Boys received the award of Highly Commendable from the 2018 Monash Wordfest.

Her second historical fiction novel, A Perfect Stone,  a dual timeline novel set during the Greek Civil War in 1948 and present day Melbourne, is out 10 October 2018.

S.C. Karakaltsas has always been an avid reader and now she blogs about the amazing books she’s read.


29 thoughts on “About S.C. Karakaltsas

  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

  11. franklparker May 3, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Thanks for liking the post I shared from Rebeca Bryn. Your own writing journey sounds intriguing. I too am trying to write about my father – he was killed in action during WWII when I was 2.

    Liked by 1 person

    • S.C Karakaltsas May 3, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Good luck with your writing. It will be worth it. Thanks for your interest.


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