#95 Kate McCaffrey | 5 x Award Winning Author launches Double Lives – a True Crime Mystery


TW: This conversation has references to car accidents, eating disorders, drug use and mental health What a brilliant chat with Kate McCaffrey on everything from her inspiration to write young adult fiction, to our love of true crime podcasts, and writing her first adult novel in her 50’s. Today on The Good Girl Confessional Podcast our special guest is Kate McCaffrey, who has an incredible career as a YA author. When she was 17 years old, she broke up with her boyfriend who had a car accident the same night and couldn’t remember much, except for her. It’s a powerful true story and one that she bravely drew on as she began writing YA fiction. In fact, Kate has written no less than five award-winning Young Adult novels. Each of these novels has been on school curricula across Australia, and each talks to issues that are impactful for young adult readers. Leaving a teaching career to write full time, Kate is not afraid to talk to issues that confronting including drugs, eating disorders, mental health issues and cyberbullying. As a True Crime podcast lover, Kate has recently launched her first adult novel, Double Lives based on a true crime podcaster with a journalism background who hopes to solve a crime with the help of her listeners. Written as a podcast, Double Lives is a gripping novel from start to end. It is now available in all good bookstores. I loved chatting with Kate and her incredible insights on being a woman beyond forty. You can follow Kate and her books here:




During this Podcast, Sandy and Kate make references to True Crime Podcasts they loved. Here are the links to those podcasts:

A Little Bit Culty – hosted by Sarah Edmondson and Anthony

“Nippy” Ames https://alittlebitculty.com/ The Lady Vanishes (Channel 7 Podcast about the disappearance of Marion Barter) https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-lady-vanishes/id1457296528 You can Listen to The Good Girl Confessional episode #22 with Sally Leydon who has continued to search for Marion, her mum: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-good-girl-confessional/id1475210883?i=1000490869509

The Teacher’s Pet (Hosted by Hedley Thomas) https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-teachers-pet/id1385379989

Shandee’s Story (Hosted by Hedley Thomas) https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/shandees-story/id1589336606 The Good Girl Confessional is proudly the Podcast of Wb40 – Women Beyond Forty, a platform for women 40, 50, 60 and beyond! Join us at: wb40.com

Kate McCaffrey

Kate McCaffrey is an an author of Australian fiction. Her YA novels include Destroying Avalon, in ecstasy, Beautiful Monster, Crashing Down and Saving Jazz. She has a non-fiction book about coded marking and feed-forward for English teachers: The (mostly) English Teachers’ Survival Guide to Marking. Her new adult book Double Lives is out 5th October 2022. Check out the post and list of appearances in the blog. She live in Western Australia on Perth’s northern coastline. She visit schools for book talks and seminars. She runs creative writing workshops for teachers and students. She is a a freelance education consultant.