The words of Danny Kemp.

Danny Kemp Author of The Desolate Garden.

I’m a 62 year old, second time round married man, who almost twenty years ago inherited a ready made family of two children, one of each gender. They were young teenagers who, like most of their age, thought they knew it all until they met me who DID know it all. We all survived, they showing me that I was wrong, and hopefully, I was able to teach them tolerance and understanding which I too began to learn. My wife Patricia and I now have three adorable grandchildren who take up most of our time and all of our dwindling money.
I’m vain, so talking about myself here should come easily. My father died when I was sixteen leaving me, his only child, with my mother who was the partially sighted, (she later went blind.) I believe that I had been a disappointment…

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About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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