Black Water


Author of the novels STRAW MAN & FEVER

And now available - the Young Adult thriller GRAY



Kirkus Review of GRAY

"Kettlehake refrains from filling each chapter with gory scenes reminiscent of World War Z, instead showing Scout, Lord, and their cohorts in a distinctly human light... A stylish and compassionate tale..." 



"Still reading this book by this relatively unknown author, and love it so far. Great characters and strong plot with action and love interest. I look forward to picking it up every night for my few minutes of reading time that I have available. Definitely worth buying for the price."



 An average 4.35 stars for STRAW MAN on Goodreads, and 4.8 stars on Amazon.


FEVER averages 4.56 stars on Goodreads, and 4.9 on Amazon

"Fever kept me turning page after page and not going to bed as early as I should. Loved all of the details about the jungle adventure. Felt like I was right there in the village at times! Anxiously awaiting David's next book."


Listen to David Kettlehake and hosts Jim Christina and Bobbie Jean Bell of LA Talk Radio's Writer's Block as they discuss writing, the novel GRAY, and their conclusion that the writing style reminds them of something penned by the great Alfred Hitchcock.  
Recorded on September 24, 2020.  Click here.
Check out this 15 minute interview between David Kettlehake and Linda Thompson of The Authors Show. Linda opens with the line, "Every now and then we come across a book for young adults that captures the attention of everyone. Such is the science fiction novel GRAY."  And it just gets better from there. Please give it a listen. 
First aired on December 7, 2020.  Click below. 
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David Kettlehake’s fascination with reading began at a very young age. Even though his father was a minister and his mother was a social worker and money was tight, his parents never said no to books. He still vividly remembers reading under the covers at night with a flashlight, while listening for the footfalls of his parents telling him (for the last time!) to go to sleep.


The first book he ever checked out of a library was Robert A. Heinlein’s  Rocket Ship Galileo, back in elementary school. But as often as not, he could be found reading an Alistair MacClean thriller, or horror short stories from H.P. Lovecraft. Other science fiction and fantasy novels came later, and even now the books he picks up are from genres all across the board.

For the most part, his protagonists are average people caught up in events outside their control, forcing them to overcome their own fears and shortcomings in order to succeed…or survive.

He deeply believes that reading should be fun and pleasurable, and that when you finish one of his books you breathe a deep, satisfied sigh, and wish there were just a few more pages.


David and his wonderful wife Lisa have three terrific kids, Nikki, Aaron, and Ian. and three awesome granddaughters. He and his wife live in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. They love traveling here and abroad and seeing the world, which is why his stories tend to gravitate outside of the U.S.


His third novel, the YA dystopian thriller GRAY, was released in September of 2020 through Brother Mockingbird Publishing.

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