About me

author headshot landscapeI live in Brisbane, Queensland on the unceded land of the Yuggera People. My parents married in Delhi, hence my name Kali: destroyer of worlds. It was the seventies. I had a peripatetic childhood, growing up in rural England, Abu Dhabi, Algeria, and Indonesia.

As an adult I continued to roam, and lived and worked in Bangladesh as an anthropologist.

In 2014, I returned to creative writing. In 2019, I graduated from The University of Queensland with both a coursework Master’s degree in Writing, Editing, & Publishing, and a research higher degree — a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing.

My debut novel The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge was published in Australia (Hachette Australia, Jan 2018) and in the UK (Little, Brown Book Group, Sept 2018). The B-Format mass paperback was released in Australia in December 2018. The story is set in mid-west Western Australia during the Depression.

I write Gothic tales of the vulnerability in learning lessons and owning choices, of outsiders to their own lives. My Instagram is dedicated to gardening as storytelling. Decomposition and new growth. Enchanted world.

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Kali Napier is supported by Arts Queensland’s Individuals Fund, an initiative of the Queensland Government, for a short story writing mentorship.”

8 thoughts on “About me”

  1. You know what? Just saw that your blog was bookmarked and came to check how your book was going. WOW!!! I remember you excitement. Congratulations on that, Kallie! Wishing you all the success. Plistina 🙂

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  2. after googling my fingers to the bone I had all but given up on getting a copy of your book ASAP. I met my sister in Midland Gate today & pondering around found heaps of copies in Target. YAYAYA

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  3. HI. I LIVE AT GREENOUGH .WA AND GREW UP PERENJORI, CARNARMAH AREA. JUST FINISHED YOUR BOOK. LOVED EVERY PAGE OF IT.HARD TO PUT DOWN . HANGING TO READ MORE OF YOUR BOOKS.THANK YOU FOR A GREAT READ. VERY RURAL…GLENDA

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  4. Absolutely loved your beautiful book Kali – I just couldn’t put it down! I could easily visualise each scene with your wonderful way with words! A motion movie in my mind, only made possible with your details in describing the outback setting, the ever changing ocean, the town during the depression and its ever intriguing people! Your creative juxtaposition of characters, storyline and scenes are a true testament to your story telling skills! Yet also a real reason to celebrate your most relevant research and well developed knowledge of the life and times living in the outback and the enduring hardship experienced in the depression years! I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see life from each of the characters different point of views! As your novel just effortlessly transitions between each of them! You just never know who’s shoes you will be walking in, with each turn of the page to a new and exciting chapter! The ocean and the outback – the best of both in this beautiful book, which certainly gives an old yet new and refreshing meaning to living life on the edge! 🌟5/5 🤩 Must Read!

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