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Hello there, and thanks for dropping by.

I’m a writer of Australian fiction, author of eleven novels – Black Diamonds, This Red Earth, The Blue MilePaper DaisiesWild Chicory, Jewel Sea, Lady Bird & The Fox, Sunshine, Walking, Her Last Words and The Truth & Addy Loest tales of passion, politics and history, of ordinary people living through extraordinary times in the land I call home. Find out more about my books here and the nice things people have said about them here.

My latest novel, The Truth & Addy Loest, was published in February 2021, and I’m presently working on another. I’m always working on another novel, and occasionally a short story, one of which, ‘Messerschmitt’, appears in the Hope Prize anthology here, or a novella, one of which, ‘The Rat Catcher’, was shortlisted for Viva la Novella 2021.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading. In real life I’m a book editor, better known on that side of the page as Kim Swivel, and I regularly review for The Newtown Review of Books, too. Just can’t get me enough narrative action. 

Raised in Sydney in a house that was humble except for its library and dinner-table debating style, I was always going to do wordy type things myself, and do them my own way. Home today is Central West New South Wales, where I am daily grateful to share a small slice of rolling green-and-gold Wiradjuri country with my muse de bloke, Deano, two cats and some chickens, and occasionally the kids when they come home to graze.

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24 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Kim, I just finished reading ‘This Red Earth’ and it is still with me. It is one the books that will keep returning at odd moments. I really, really enjoyed it. Thank you. Note: I was a smoker for most of my life. I have now been free of it for twenty four years. I understand exactly what you have said. Cheers Delores

    1. What a beautiful message, Delores. Thank you so much for letting me know – that you loved This Red Earth and that you are a monster-slayer too! Kim xxx

  2. Currently reading the blue mile. It is absolutely brilliant. It would make a wonderful film. Not only is it well written it is well researched. With the work I’ve done I can really appreciate that.

    Regards

    Richard Bradley

    1. Thank you so much, Richard. I am absolutely chuffed you think so – I just snuck a peek at your company website and CV, and I see that you really do understand the work that goes into historical narrative. Maybe one day someone will snap up The Blue Mile for film – that’d be grand! Cheers to you, and all the best with your own projects. Kim 🙂

  3. Hello Kim.
    I also have just this minute finished reading The Blue Mile. I loved it. I loved the romance of Olivia and Eoghan and Agnes was a character that got to my heart. I could imagine every street and place in Sydney as you described it in your book. I did the bridge climb for my 50th birthday and never get tired of looking at that magnificent structure. Sydney is a great place to visit and I have had several holidays there with my own family. I grew up near Wollongong but have lived in Adelaide for 30 years. I work in a library and will definitely be recommending your books to our customers. If you are going to be promoting your new book in Adelaide this year I would love to meet you. We love to host authors at our library so be sure to let me know how we could contact your publicist if ever you are coming this way. I will be reading your other novels and look forward to Paper Daisies.

    Regards,
    Angela

    1. Thank you so much, Angela! What lovely thoughts to share. I wish I could come to Adelaide this year – it’s a such a wonderful city. Maybe I’ll have to set a novel there one day! Best wishes to you – Kim x

  4. Hi Kim, a friend posted the article about the teacher, who is she? She looks very much like a teacher we had Elizabeth Endicott. is it her?

  5. Hello, Kim. Thank you for “The Blue Mile”. A brillant book with great characters. Loved them all, especially little Agnes. Have been in Eoghan’s shoes, up there, in my Structural Engineering days, and know how he felt.
    You have a wonderful way with words, and I look forward to reading your other books.
    Kind regards.
    Bill

  6. Hi Kim. Looks like we are cousins. I’m researching the Schwebel’s of my family line. My mother’s maiden name was Schwebel and she is a descendant of George and Jessie Schwebel. What line are you from please? So excited to find you and an autor to boot!
    Cheers
    Coralie

    1. Fanastic, Coralie. Yes, I’m descended from Georg Schwebel, brother of Adam, both of whom arrived in the 1850s. Jessie, I think, is on Adam’s line (?), so we might be distant cousins, but cuzzies nevertheless! I must have known there was a Coralie near as I gave your name to a character in one of my stories – The Blue Mile. Lovely to ‘meet’ you here! X

  7. Hi Kim
    I have just finished reading The Blue Mile and what an enjoyable read it has been! I wonder if Olivia, Oeghan or Agnes ever ventured back to Australia – any possibility of a sequel? Now I have to find your other books -can’t wait to read more of your stories! Thanks!
    Regards Meg

    1. Hi Meg,
      Thank you so much for your lovely words on The Blue Mile. All my characters jostle about in my imagination with new stories to share but I think it might be little Aggie who is going to tell me her own tale one day – we’ll see! I hope you enjoy my other stories too. Happy reading! Kim x

  8. Hi Kim., I have just discovered your delightful books. I have found and read Black Diamonds. Yes I know. Your first novel. Your style of writing is so addictive, just can’t put your book down. I now have the pleasure of sourcing all of your books to read , which is the best thing about finding the first book you ever wrote, .I have mutch catching up to do……

  9. I bought your book Red Earth at a primary school fete last week and really enjoy reading it.
    I am up to page 196 & like the suspense because everyone thinks Singapore will stand up to the Japanese but we all know what happened.
    Lately I have read a lot of books about the second world war set in Europe, two set in Hungary, about the chaos and complexity of life.
    Now I see you have written a number of books so I will do my usual thing & try & get every book & read it.
    This is not always a good strategy because authors try new things & I dont always like every book.
    Regards Judy

    1. Hi Judy, thanks for getting in touch. So glad to hear you’re getting into This Red Earth. My novels do vary quite a bit, but they’re all slices of Australia. I hope you find something different to enjoy in each one. 🙂

  10. Hello Kim, I’ve just finished listening to the audiobook of Her Last Words. It was a moving story with so many threads so beautifully woven together.
    Huge Congratulations to you & also the narrator.
    I have read some of your other books & particularly loved The Blue Mile.
    Please keep writing!! Best wishes. Tess

    1. Thank you for your lovely message, Tess. I’m so glad you enjoyed Her Last Words – and The Blue Mile. I’ll pass on your kind words to Caroline Lee, the narrator, too – isn’t she marvellous? All good wishes to you.

  11. I have just listened to the audiobook Sunshine and I absolutely loved it. I could have listened to hours more of the main characters stories. It was a story of new beginnings and overcoming hardship. Beautifully written and easy to picture even though I live in the UK. Educational on the treatment of the indigenous Australians.
    Looking forward to reading more of your books, As this was my first KK book I am looking forward to more, Her Last Words is next on the list.

    1. Thanks so much, Lorraine! I’m so glad you enjoyed little Sunshine. I hope you enjoy Her Last Words too. It’s wonderful to hear your thoughts from the other side of the world. 🙂

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