Guest Blog: Author and Forensic Psychologist, H.D. Kirkpatrick Discusses His Books

December 5, 2012

by H.D. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. (Practicing Forensic Psychologist and Author)

From Megan:  I met Dr. Kirkpatrick recently and was delighted to find he’d written two books based on his love of fictional writing and passion and expertise in the field of forensic psychology and families. Dr. Kirkpatrick kindly agreed to share his story about writing the books. Enjoy!
Megan Hunter, Unhooked Books

The series: Kirkpatrick has written the first two of a series of psychological thrillers. His aim as a fiction writer is to take contemporary, social themes relevant to law and forensic psychology and weave them into a spell-binding story.

“I wrote these books because the first one, Alienation of Affection, began writing itself. Based on an amalgam of forensic cases, its underlying story began waking me up in the wee hours of darkness. Get up, it said. There’s a story afoot. Its main characters, Calder and Worth, began talking to me and to each other. Calder and Worth formed in my mind like unlikely brothers—one, a white guy, the other black. While on a vacation on the beautiful island of Ocracoke, off the North Carolina coast, the story clarified. I saw a fictional body floating in the sea.

I realized too I wanted to write about truth wrapped in fiction. I also try to write an accurate portrayal of what a forensic psychologist does. I want my stories to be funny at times. My books are an honest effort to describe some of the darker sides of our human nature—insanity, child abuse, human trafficking, and psychopathy. Because of its subject matter, Trafficking Death pushed me. I did a lot of research for that one. My roots as a Scotch-Irishman reach deeply into storytelling. I grew up in a clan-family of storyspinners. It is my hope to tell a good, entertaining yarn.”

Book436-2TAlienation of Affection. What might happen to children who discover, as young adults, that the child sexual abuse allegations they and others made when they were children against their parents were false? What happens when a child gets treated psychologically for events that never happened? What might be the psychological impact of such a discovery? Alienation of Affection is a powerful, heart-wrenching fictional tale of one such family. Kirkpatrick’s first novel explores the macabre answers such questions might bring. Dr. Calder Miro, a forensic psychologist in New Bern, North Carolina, is pulled into an investigation of a grisly crime on the island of Ocracoke by his friend and colleague, Kenilworth Brown, Chief of Homicide for the New Bern PD. Calder and Worth follow a murderous path through a high-conflict custody case into the twisted workings of a most disturbed, alienated mind.

Book437-2TTrafficking Death. Calder and Worth come back with a vengeance. This is a heart-pounding, dark tale that explores one of the worst types of human endeavors: modern human trafficking. In the twenty-first century, the average cost of a human being is ninety dollars. In his second novel, Kirkpatrick spins a suspenseful forensic psychological page-turner about the international crimes of pedophile rings, human trafficking, and sex slavery. Dr. Calder Miro and Homicide Detective Kenilworth Brown pursue a corporate psychopath and his fiends through a heartless landscape. This plot is engaging, pulling the reader into a world of intrigue, deception, and murder. Trafficking Death is a contemporary tale of international crime and local justice.

Megan Hunter and Life Unhooked:

Megan Hunter is founder and CEO of and Life Unhooked, a speaking, training and consulting company that provides a fresh perspective and approach to help companies and individuals identify and overcome the damaging behaviors of HCD’s – whether they are employees, customers, vendors, board members, or anyone in your life. Most importantly we help you ‘unhook’ from these peoples’ behaviors so that you can make the right, next decisions – cleanly and clearly. She is also the co-founder of the High Conflict Institute launched in 2007 with Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., an internationally renowned expert in High Conflict Personalities. She has been the recipient of several awards including the President’s Award by the Arizona Family Support Council (2005), the Friend of Psychology Award by the Arizona Psychology Association (2006) and the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (2010). She is a volunteer in several organizations including a member of Tanzania Project and Vice President of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN). She holds a BA degree in business from Chadron State College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. To contact Megan about speaking engagements or to gather more information, email

hdkirkpatrickH.D. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. is a board certified forensic psychologist and author, who offers a range of forensic psychological evaluation services in both civil and criminal law matters.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, he entered Harvard in 1966, where he majored in the study of Italian Baroque art, graduating cum laude with a B. A. in Fine Arts in 1970. After college, he and several others started two non-profit public agencies in Charlotte, NC, both aimed at helping disenfranchised youth either involved already with drugs and alcohol, or considering such a path. Between 1972 and 1974, he obtained a M. Ed. In Guidance and Counseling from the College of Human Development and Learning at UNC, Charlotte.

Interested in Jungian and humanistic philosophies, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he organized a third non-profit youth and family oriented agency, while simultaneously obtaining his doctorate in psychology from the Humanistic Psychology Institute (now named Saybrook University) in San Francisco in 1978. He also studied various family therapy systems theories and was licensed as a marriage and family therapist (MFCC) in 1976 in California. He obtained his license as a Clinical Psychologist in California in 1983 and is licensed as a psychologist in North Carolina.

Between 1982-1984, he completed a 550 hour post-doctorate training program in forensic psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley.

In 1987, Dr. Kirkpatrick returned to his native North Carolina, moving to Chapel Hill, where he practiced clinical and forensic psychology until 1992. He then married Katherine S. Holliday, a family law attorney with the firm of James, McElroy & Diehl, and moved to Charlotte, where he operates a clinical and forensic practice.

In 1995, he applied for and obtained a diploma in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is one of approximately 270 psychologists in the United States who holds this diploma.

Dr. Kirkpatrick was chairman of the committee of the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) that drafted the NCPA Child Custody Guidelines, published by NCPA in 1994. In 2007 he was a member of the task force of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) that drafted the 2nd Edition of the AFCC Model Standards for Child Custody Evaluations.


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