Today’s guest is Gerry McCullough, bestselling author. She is a contributor to Alternate Voices, a short story anthology featuring characters from the DI Frank Lyle series. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Welcome, Gerry. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Gerry McCullough. I was born and brought up in Belfast Northern Ireland, and I live in a small village a dozen miles away from there. I’m married with four grown up children. I’ve been writing all my live and currently I have six full length novels published, plus two collections of short stories and a children’s book. My debut novel, Belfast Girls, was a No. 1 best seller on Amazon UK.
Can you tell us about your contribution to Alternate Voices?
My story for Alternate Voices is called ‘Simple Twist of Fate.’ This is a Bob Dylan song sung by Joan Baez on her album Diamonds and Rust, and I took this title because it’s well known that DI Frank Lyle absolutely loves Joan Baez. The story begins with a series of warehouse robberies culminating in murder, and leads on to the twist of fate of the title – and that’s all I’m can really tell you without spoiling the story.
Why did you decide to participate in the anthology?
I’ve read all the DI Frank Lyle books and I admire their author, Juliet B. Madison, whose story telling skills are excellent. Juliet got together this anthology to raise money for the Macmillan cancer nurses, and this is a cause which I’m very happy to support. In addition, I’ve never done this sort of thing before, that is, writing about characters created by someone else. I thought it would be both a challenge and great fun – and so it was.
Just for fun, which D.I. Lyle book is your favorite and why?
My personal favourite is Unholy Alliance, mainly because I really like the character Canon Thomas Rice, who is introduced here. I think Juliet B. Madison handles this character really well, dealing with his beliefs in a careful and sensitive way, never belittling him or them. The mystery also strikes me as one of her cleverest, with an unusual solution.
Other Works by Gerry McCullough:
Belfast Girls: The story of three girls – Sheila, Phil and Mary – growing up into the new emerging post-conflict Belfast of money, drugs, high fashion and crime; and of their lives and loves.
Sheila, a supermodel, is kidnapped. Phil is sent to prison. Mary, surviving a drug overdose, has a spiritual awakening.
It is also the story of the men who matter to them –
John Branagh, former candidate for the priesthood, a modern Darcy, someone to love or hate. Will he and Sheila ever get together? Davy Hagan, drug dealer, ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. Is Phil also mad to have anything to do with him?
Although from different religious backgrounds, starting off as childhood friends, the girls manage to hold on to that friendship in spite of everything.
A book about contemporary Ireland and modern life. An Irish story which both men and women can enjoy – thriller, romance, comedy, suspense – and much more ….
Hel’s Heroes: A light hearted mixture of modern romance and historical thriller – a book within a book. Helen McFadden – Hel for short – is a successful writer of Historic Romance for the eBook market. But one day she decides that she needs to get out and experience a bit of real life. She is soon clubbing, partying and generally having a good time – and men are springing up in her life from all directions.
There’s Jason, the actor, Paddy the happy-go-lucky businessman, Jordie the footballer, Markie the pop star, even Pete, her old friend.
But do any of them measure up to the heroes she writes about – especially Jack, the highwayman in her current book? Will Hel ever learn to relate to a real man and stop expecting to meet a clone of one of her heroes?