Kerry McGinnis: crime writer, shepherd, droving hand, gardener, and stock-camp and station cook

Saddle up with Bundaberg-based writer, Kerry McGinnis , as she talks to Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays, about the craft of crime writing.

(Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)


Kerry has been writing since she was nine but what happened since then has been far from conventional. At the age of twelve she took up a life of droving with her father and four brothers and sisters.

She has worked as a shepherd, droving hand, gardener and stock-camp and station cook on the family property Bowthorn, north-west of Mount Isa. She has two volumes of memoir, Pieces of Blue and Heart Country under her belt, and now eight best-selling crime and mystery novels, all set in the Australia’s outback or tropics. Number 9 is just out – Croc Country (Michael Joseph).

Click HERE for Moraig Kisler’s review of Croc Country (Michael Joseph, 2020) and HERE for Kerry James’s review of The Heartwood Hotel (Michael Joseph, 2018).

Click HERE for a report on Sisters in Crime’s Melbourne event, Small Town, Big Secrets, Criminal Intentions, at which Kerry spoke in July 2018.

Murders Mondays are available on Sisters in Crime YouTube channel at 6pm on Mondays. Previous guests are Kathy Reichs, Ellie MarneyKatherine KovacicCandice FoxAnne BuistVal McDermid and Dervla McTiernan