Friday, February 10, 2012

Danger Danger, Gerry McCullough

Gerry McCullough is a long established short story writer, winner of the Cuirt International Literary Award in Galway in 2005. She was born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives in County Down. She is married to author and media producer Raymond McCullough, and they have four children. Danger Danger is the second book by Gerry McCullough, following the very successful Belfast Girls which has been selling widely on the Internet.

Product Description of Danger Danger:

Two lives in parallel – twin sisters separated at birth, but their lives take strangely similar and dangerous roads until the final collision which hurls each of them to the edge of disaster.

Katie and her gambling boyfriend Dec find themselves threatened with peril from the people Dec has cheated.

Jo-Anne (Annie) through her boyfriend Steven finds herself in the hands of much more dangerous crooks.

Can they survive and achieve safety and happiness?
Q 1. I think eReaders (like most other readers!) like a book to be fast moving, easy to read, and with characters they can like and relate to and a plot with lots of action. This is pretty exactly what reviewers have said about Danger Danger. Several have commented that they had to stay up all night to finish it, that it's 'unputdownable,' and that they immediately felt a warm sympathy for the two very different main characters, and couldn't stop reading on until they found out what happens to them. The book has only been out a few weeks, and already has 7 glowing reviews on Amazon, all 5 star (and not from my family!) so I think I can honestly say readers are loving it.
Q 2. I went Indie because for years I'd had no success in getting one of the major publishers to accept my first book, Belfast Girls. Perhaps because the book is set in Belfast, and is boxed into no particular genre, they consistently rejected it, while praising the writing. I'd had around 50 short stories published and knew the problem wasn't with my writing skills. The fact is that in today's market the major publishers are very reluctant to accept anything unless they are sure of huge sales – the bottom line approach. Celebrities, or writers with a proven best selling record, are what they mainly want. That's why Indie publishers have emerged – to fill the empty niche in the market. I was very happy when I got an offer for Belfast Girls from the small Indie publisher, Night Publishing. Since Belfast Girls went on to considerable success, selling in the thousands before it's first year was up, I was encouraged to publish Danger Danger myself, under my husband's brand Precious Oil Publications. It's good, also, to have complete control of your own book, and not to have to edit all the individuality out of it.
Q 3. My genre is romantic thriller, particularly in the case of Danger Danger. My favourite writers in this genre are Mary Stewart, Patricia Wentworth, Agatha Christie in her non series books, Sarah Caudwell, Dorothy Dunnett in her Dolly series –maybe I should stop there, but there are many, many more, including the brilliant Anne R. Allen, an Indie writer I've discovered recently.

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