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Every love has a story.
Every mystery demands an answer...

I write the stories that I love to read. Stories of romance and mystery, stories of haunting landscapes and history, stories of strong women in difficult situations. ​


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A'Mhara McKey

A’Mhara McKey is a writer, librarian, and lover of travel. She's caught her fair share of barramundi, rubbed shoulders with a man-eating crocodile, survived a Category 4 cyclone, and walked the streets of Paris.

A'Mhara lives in the Northern Territory, Australia, with her partner and three active boys, who are enjoying an upbringing only slightly less adventurous than her own.

Her first novel, The Shores Between, was shortlisted for the 2023 HarperCollins Banjo Prize and won a 2020 ArtsNT Varuna Fellowship. She has won two NT Literary Awards for her short fiction.

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Awards & Prizes


ArtsNT Varuna Fellowship 2020


First Place: NT Literary Awards 2022 & 2023, Lane Cove Literary Awards 2017

Finalist / Shortlisted: HarperCollins Banjo Prize 2023, NT Literary Awards 2017

Longlisted: Mansfield Readers & Writers Short Story Award 2022

Highly Commended: NT Literary Awards 2000

Blond woman walking on cliff, intended to be main character from A'Mhara McKey's novel The Shores Between


The Shores Between

Is there truth at the heart of every folktale?

When Selene Devereaux arrives in Scotland to reunite with her estranged brother, she quickly discovers that the remote Orkney islands are rich in history and folklore.

Soon after, her brother goes missing, assumed lost at sea.

But he isn’t the first man to vanish from the rugged coastlines of the islands and when Selene looks deeper, she is drawn in to a world of sinister folktales and mysterious disappearances.

As she draws closer to the truth, and to the detective working the case, her past comes back to haunt her and threatens not only her newly built life but the possibility of ever finding her brother.

Shortlisted for the 2023 HarperCollins Banjo Prize

Proud member of the ALL WRiTE CLUB


Recipient of a 2020

ArtsNT Varuna Fellowship


Proud member of Romance Writers of Australia


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I live and work on the traditional lands of the Larrakia people and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.

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