Kerstin Pilz

Author, Writing Coach & Retreat Leader

 

Kerstin Pilz

Author, Writing Coach & Retreat Leader

About Kerstin

Kerstin Pilz grew up in Germany and travelled the world before settling in Australia, where she now calls the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland home. She holds a PhD in Italian literature and spent most of her working life as an academic, teaching European languages and Intercultural Communication, in Australia, Italy, The Maldives and on a floating university campus aboard a cruiseship.

A qualified yoga teacher, she left academia to teach the healing power of writing and creative writing, online and on writing retreats in Hoi An, Vietnam & Bali through: Write Your Journey.

Kerstin Pilz is widely published in her academic field, including book chapters and a monograph. Her travel features have appeared in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The New York Times. Loving My Lying Dying Cheating Husband is her debut memoir.

A little more about me…

Growing up in cold-war Germany near the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, I loved riding my bike through dark forests murmuring with fairytales. A curious and introverted kid, my journal has always been my best friend; becoming a writer was my childhood dream.

At school I was praised for my eloquent writing assignments, but math was beyond me and high school a struggle. When a teacher declared that I would never speak English, I dropped out of school and learned Italian instead, making beds in a seaside resort on the Adriatic Coast.

Holding the hands of the dying in my first full-time job in an old people’s home, taught me that life was a more effective teacher than school, but I knew I had to finish school if I wanted a career. And so I did, except I wasn’t ready for a career.

I took odd jobs and traveled widely, before enrolling at university on the other side of the world, in Australia, as a mature age student. Though I didn’t feel very mature.

Travel had opened my mind, and made me fluent in English and Italian — and not so fluent in a few other languages — but I was no longer at home in any language. Academic writing became the obvious home for my long, Germanic sentences; teaching became my life-long passion. ­But I never lost sight of my childhood dream.

I always considered myself a late bloomer, having started primary school a year after my peers. Apparently, I was an absent-minded dreamer. Recently, at the now officially mature age of sixty, I learned there’s another explanation. I grew up neurodivergent in a neurotypical world.

Suddenly, it makes sense that I should have hyper-focused on writing a PhD, getting distracted with alternative careers as copy and travel writer, writing coach and yoga teacher,

In the end, it took a global pandemic, becoming stranded, alone, in remote Far North Queensland, Australia, to write the book I’ve always wanted to write. A book that tells a story about life’s struggles, written from the heart with a pinch of humour. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

In this chapter of life, I call tropical Far North Queensland home, though Hoi An, in central Vietnam, remains a second home for part of the year. Now officially a senior citizen, I’ve discovered the joy of sweaty workouts. When I’m not working, I do what I’ve always loved doing. I roam my tropical surrounds on a bike, on foot, or in a kayak. I’m always up for a challenge and apparently it also improves bone density!