Creative Writing

Psychological Thriller Writer

Lauren Keegan is a writer and psychologist from the Wollondilly Shire, NSW. She works as a psychologist in a public mental health service in Sydney South-West and has previously worked in child protection services. Lauren also has a copywriting business and an online literary gift store, Bookish Gifts.

Lauren reads and writes across a range of genres, including crime, romance, and non-fiction. With an interest in relationships and the human psyche, it’s no wonder her focus is now on writing psychological thrillers in Australian settings.

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Works in Progress

Lauren has seven complete full-length manuscripts.

Lauren is currently seeking representation for her crime thriller novel, Exposed. An eccentric psychiatrist has to confront her troubled past when she learns of the death of a former patient.

Secrets That Bind Us, is a psychological thriller set in semi-rural Australia. A traumatised psychologist will do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means taking the law into her own hands. This manuscript will be out on submission in late 2018.

Lauren is currently working on another psychological thriller, The Perfect Sister (working title), set in rural Australia that explores memory, mental illness and family relationships.


Last Chance Junction (short story), Kellan Publishing, 2013 (under the pseudonym Lauren Murphy).

A Survival Guide For Goa, Writers of Wollondilly, Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW), Wollondilly Branch Anthology, 2018

The Killing Tree, Writers of Wollondilly, Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW), Wollondilly Branch Anthology, 2018


Wollondilly FAW writers group

NSW Writers’ Centre

Romance Writers of Australia (RWA)

Australian Society of Authors (ASA)

Book Reviews

Lauren has reviewed independent and traditionally published books in a range of genres since the conception of her blog (formerly known as The Australian Bookshelf) in 2012.

She has worked with major Australian publishing houses Allen & Unwin, Penguin Random House, Hachette Australia, Harlequin and a number of smaller publishing houses.

Unfortunately, she no longer accepts review requests.

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