Creating a main character who juggles motherhood and police work - Dinuka McKenzie

Australian debut author Dinuka McKenzie burst on to the crime fiction scene early in 2022 with her police procedural The Torrent. What I really like about The Torrent is that the main character Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is heavily pregnant, in her last week of work before maternity leave and has a pretty stable home life - not the usual circumstances for a police officer that we traditionally see in crime fiction.

In this episode you’ll hear  Dinuka talk about her path to publication, how her own life inspired the creation of DS Kate Miles and the crime author she absolutely loves. 

First, we find out more about Dinuka.

You can follow Dinuka on Twitter @DinukaMcKenzie

The Torrent is published by Harper Collins Australia.

Your host is Emily Webb

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Emily is the author of:

Suburban True Crime: Cases you’ll never forget and some you’ve never heard of 

Angels of Death: Doctors and Nurses Who Kill 

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