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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 rubbed shoulders with a man-eating crocodile, survived a Category 4 cyclone, and wandered the high country of Scotland. Her first novel, The Shores Between, was shortlisted for The Banjo Prize in 2023, the ASA/HQ Fiction Prize in 2024, and secured her an ArtsNT Varuna Fellowship in 2020. She’s won two Northern Territory Literary Awards for her short fiction, is an Australian Writer’s Centre alumnus, and a founding member of the ALL WRiTE CLUB (@allwriteclub).

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Awards & Prizes


Shortlisted for the ASA/HQ Fiction Prize 2024

Shortlisted for The Banjo Prize 2023

Northern Territory Literary Award winner 2022 & 2023

ArtsNT Varuna Fellowship 2020

Lane Cove Literary Award winner 2017

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's 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 2024 ASA/HQ Fiction Prize and 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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