What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I’ve been writing since my childhood. I read a lot, and so I suppose it was natural that I wanted to produce a book myself. Writing was, is and, I hope, will be one of my greatest pleasures. As Terry Pratchett says, ‘Writing is the most fun anyone can have by themselves.’
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
The plan is to write around 1,000 words every day. Alas, this doesn’t always happen, especially on Christmas Day and my birthday, etc.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I like writing about people. The whole idea of genres is a pain, to me. Dickens wasn’t restricted to one genre, for instance. But if I had to pick one type of book, I suppose it would be romantic thrillers. My first book, Belfast Girls, was cross genre. However, the next one, Danger Danger, and then the Angel series – Angel in Flight: An Angel Murphy Thriller, and its follow-up, Angel in Belfast, all fall into the romantic thriller category. These are the sort of books I enjoy most myself.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I’ve been a fan of Agatha Christie since I was around eight or nine. And mostly I’ve liked her thrillers best – titles like They Came to Bagdad, Destination Unknown and a host of others. Then in my teens I began reading Mary Stewart, whose romance suspense books are still among my favourites. So I suppose it’s natural that I’ve felt drawn to write similar books myself. If mine were only a fraction as good as these great writers’ stories, I’d be bouncing over the moon.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
As I mentioned above, I’m currently working on a follow up to Angel in Flight, to be called Angel in Belfast. Angeline Murphy, Angel, is a feisty young Belfast girl expert in kick boxing and able to use a gun when necessary. Angel breaks free from an abusive husband and during a holiday in Greece proves that she’s turned her life around by tracking down a villain, the head of a pharmaceutical company, who is trying to make a fortune by preventing the use of a new malaria vaccine. I’ve always loved the Saint books, and James Bond; and recently I’ve enjoyed the Lara Croft movies. I think Angel owes a certain amount to these characters!
What are your writing plans for the future?
I have a few more plots for the Angel series in mind. I’d also like to take time to extend a long short story – about 25,000 words – which I wrote some time ago, into a full length novel. This would be a historical romance, since it’s set around the first world war.
Where can people find out more about you?
My web site is: www.gerrymccullough.com
My Twitter name is @Gerry1098
My Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/gerry.mccullough
My blog is: www.gerrysbooks.blogspot.com
And my books are:
All also in paperback!
I think you can learn more about me from reading my books than from anything else.