Deadly Secrets

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About the author

H.R. Kemp

I live in Adelaide, Australia and grew up just outside of Melbourne. I write thriller novels (mainly socio-political) with contemporary themes and have had several short stories published (they focus more on the complexities of human relationships).


The corporate and political world inspires me with ‘what if’ questions that generate many plot ideas, especially in our modern-day world. Although I've been scribbling story snippets and scenes all my life, in 2011 I got serious and completed a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at Adelaide University. My first degree, completed many years before, is a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Chemistry), and a few years later I completed a Graduate Diploma in education. My public service career started in clerical areas then spanned roles as diverse as Management Trainer, Team Facilitator, Statistician and Laboratory assistant. Writing had to wait until I had time, energy and brain-space, but I gathered a wealth of ideas.

Deadly Secrets is the culmination of many years writing. It is plot-driven but also has a strong focus on characters; however, my main characters are not government agents, spies or gun-toting police officers. They’re everyday people, in ordinary jobs, who’ve become embroiled in a powerful conspiracy and need to make choices.

I’ve had several short stories published, one in the UK anthology When Stars Will Shine and one in the Australian anthology Fledglings. I've also had three published in the UK Writers’ and Readers’ Magazine - Sept/Oct 2020, Jan 2020 and Oct 2019.

Another of my passions is travelling. I write a travel journal and take copious photos (you'd be surprised how many, I even surprise myself). On my website, I’ve featured photos that link to scenes in Deadly Secrets. Even though most of the action is in Adelaide, Sydney and outback Australia, the early chapters are set in Paris, Normandy, Nice and Barcelona.

I enjoy live theatre, art and of course, reading. Most years you’ll find me hanging around the Adelaide Writers’ Week in March, listening to authors and adding to my overflowing to-be-read pile of books.