About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.

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I am a soon to be first time published writer, my novel THE DESOLATE GARDEN is due out in the new year. It tells the story of how months before the murders of Lord Elliot Paterson and his youngest son, Edward, an address in Leningrad is found in a ledger at the private bank the family owns dating back to the 1930’s. They have been funding a Russian Spy, but on whose side is he?

I’m currently working on my third novel MITZY COLLINS and have penned the opening few lines of my fourth, as yet untitled. I stumbled across telling stories whilst recovering from a road traffic accident that effectively put me out of work for three years, at 62 I’m starting another exciting chapter in my life.

Find out more about me at   www-thedesolategarden-com.co.uk