2016 Snapshot: Gary Kemble

Interview by Helen Stubbs.

kemble garyGary Kemble is the author of Skin Deep and Bad Blood. He lives in Brisbane’s leafy inner west with his wife, two kids, and an ambitious crow. You can follow his adventures on Twitter: @garykemble

Tell us about Bad Blood, your recent novel, and what it’s like to get back to Australia after your time in Scotland.

Bad Blood has just hit the shelves. Investigative reporter Harry Hendrick is coerced by police into probing a series of bizarre suicides, leading him into the web of dominatrix Mistress Hel. It’s like 50 Shades meets Supernatural. 😉

Being back in Brisbane is great. We had a fabulous time in Scotland but I wasn’t looking forward to another Scottish winter. Really looking forward to spending more time with friends and family.

bad-bloodWhen you look back on yourself starting out as a proto-writer, are there any tips you would give past-you?

I wish I’d read Chuck Wendig’s How To Push Past the Bullshit and Write That Goddamned Novel when I started out. To be fair, it wasn’t written back then. But I wish Chuck had a time machine and went back in time and posted it.

I also wish I could tell myself, ‘You are never going to have more time than you have right now’. I can remember wanting to write fiction when I was in high school and putting it off because ‘I don’t have the time’. HAH!

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the third Harry Hendrick book, tentatively titled Stone Cold.

What Australian work have you loved recently?

Vigil, by Angela Slatter

Which author (living or dead) would you most like to sit next to on a long plane trip and why?

Kurt Vonnegut, because I think we share a similar sense of humour.




Author photo by Brian Sherman



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