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Book junkie Kylie Kaden knew writing was in her blood from a young age, sneaking onto her brother’s Commodore 64 to invent stories as a child. Raised in Queensland, she spent holidays camping with her parents and two brothers on the Sunshine Coast, inspiring the costal settings in her novels.

With a surfing-lawyer for a husband and three spirited sons under her wing, she is the only female in a house of males, and stays sane (and avoids the housework) by making things up for a living.  A fascination with human behaviour led Kylie to study psychology at university. Despite earning an honours degree in the field, she says it helps little in wrangling her sticky brood of boys, and can typically be found purging out the day’s fermented thoughts on her laptop (sometimes in the laundry so she won’t be found) while the washing mounts around her.

Kylie was always an ‘indoor girl’ and credits starting to write to one of her favourite authors – Marian Keyes. As a teenager she remembers sliding her dog-eared copy of Watermelon across the table for signing, squeaking out ‘I’d love to write a book, but don’t think I have a clue where to begin’. In her guttural Irish accent, Marian Keyes looked up and said ‘Don’t think; just start.’  And twenty years, two degrees, and three children later – with only a vague premise in her mind and a clunky keyboard at her fingers, she did just that.

Her breakthrough debut Losing Kate took shape while on maternity leave from her day job, as she sipped tea at the kitchen bench, often with a toddler on her lap and ABC Kids chirping in the background.  Her first manuscript was plucked from the slush pile of a major publisher and later translated internationally. Missing You, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. 

Drawing on her study of the human condition, Kylie loves to place flawed, relatable characters in complex relationships – find extraordinary in the ordinary, and ask the question – why do good people do bad things?

The Day the Lies Began (August 2019) is a thought-provoking tale in which the role of hero and villain is murky, leaving readers uneasy about which character to side with, and forced to look within their own conscience for clarity. Published by Pantera Press, it marks her debut in the domestic thriller genre.  

One Of Us followed in 2022 which explored how far mother’s would go to protect their children., and how important women are to each other. 

After The Smoke Clears (May 2023)  is Kylie’s 5th Novel  and promises to be another page turner in the domestic thriller subgenre. 


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Book Launch – After The Smoke Clears – Monday 8th May 2023 (630-730pm) at Avid Reader

 Book Launch tickets here! SOLD OUT!

Brisbane City Council Library Events:

Mt Ommaney 10-11am on Sat 10th June 2023

Wynnum 11- 12noon on Sat 17th June 2023

Mitchelton on the Thursday afterwards 22nd June 6-7pm 2023

Events are free but call the library or website to book a seat as spaces are limited.


Watch This Space!         


Come and join us for the best weather in the world (a Queensland winter) at Yeppoon (near Rockhampton on the Capricorn Coast) for the Capricorn Coast Writers Festival 2-4 June 2023.

For details as the program comes to life, check out the website


Free events:

Avid Reader Monday Night 8th May 2023 – Book Launch of After The Smoke Clears

Book Free ticket Here


Library Visits

Saturday 10 June 10-11am, Mt Ommaney Library

Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre

171 Dandenong Rd, Mt Ommaney Q 4074

P: 07 3407 7010


Saturday 17 June 11am-12noon, Wynnum Library

145 Florence St, Wynnum Q 4178

P: 07 3403 2199


Thursday 22 June 6-7pm, Mitchelton Library

37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton Q 4053

P: 07 3403 7410


One Of Us Launch Saturday 4th June at Strathpine Library register here   SOLD OUT

CYA Conference 2022 – learn about Domestic Noir and it’s influence on Women’s fiction. Every Weekend in July 2022.   SOLD OUT



In Conversation with Kylie Kaden

Now the Brisbane leg of the launch tour has come to a close (phew!) I’m heading down to Victoria (with my scarves packed).

I’ll be talking all things books in conversation on Thursday 26th September 2019, 7:00-830pm at Bunjil Place Library VIC.

FREE registration here        SOLD OUT


For more central Melbournites, I’ll be joining other lovely sisters in crime Petronella McGovern and Felicity McLean in a panel talking all things Domestic Noir,  Friday 27th September 8pm. The Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne VIC.

Tickets available here     SOLD OUT



Panel: Paths to Publishing: The good, the bad and the ugly.

With fellow authors Carolyn Martinez, K M Steele and David Bobis.

Chermside Library:

Tuesday 22 October 6-7pm    SOLD OUT

Kenmore Library:

Saturday 9 November 10am   SOLD OUT

Brisbane Square Library:

Sunday 17 November 11am-12noon

Carindale Library:

Saturday 30 November 10-11am   SOLD OUT

All events, signings and writing classes are posted on Facebook.