Today in the Library we have Colin J Galtrey, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into his life as an author.
You are very welcome, Colin, please introduce yourself:
I was born in a small village in the Peak District of Derbyshire. I love travel and meeting people of different nationalities. For many years, I had this book in my head until one day five years ago, I sat down and wrote it. This was my very first book based on a fictitious character by the name of Detective Inspector John Gammon.
The detective books, of which there are four series now with five books to a series, take on John Gammon’s professional and personal life in the villages of the Peak District. It is a very popular collection of books and I have people contact me who actually take holidays in the Peak District on a quest to find the villages and people who are part of the stories, with some success I might add.
Which genre do you write in and what draws you to it?
I enjoy writing in many different genres. I have written thrillers, afterlife mysteries, historic time travel, a love story with a twist, and a book on the IRA.
Are you a self-published/traditional or hybrid author?
I am a self-published author with books on Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub and iBooks.
Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
A very good friend who encouraged me to write my first book.
Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?
The Peak District, without doubt, influences many of my books.
What part of the writing process do you find most difficult? How do you overcome it?
For some reason I never get writer’s block. I tend to have between seven to nine books being written at the same time.
What was the best piece of writing advice you received when starting out?
An established author told me to just write and never worry about grammar or spelling but just let your ideas flow. Then let somebody else take care of the rest.
Do you have a favourite time of day to write?
I enjoy writing at any time.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be up to?
I can’t imagine my life without writing
If a movie was made of one of your books, who would you like to play the lead roles?
For the detective books and the character of John Gammon, I see somebody in the Cary Grant mould. For the Looking for Shona Trilogy, the first book would be Brad Pitt. For the afterlife thrillers, I see David Nielson ( Roy Cropper from Coronation street).
If you could live the life of an historical figure for one day, who would you choose and what would you get up to?
Possibly John F Kennedy. I would quite like lunch with Marilyn Monroe as I am quite sure their conversation would be interesting.
If you could travel back in time, what era would you go to? What draws you to this particular time?
Sixteenth century and the life of a pirate. All the swashbuckling sounds exciting and seeing the world how it was.
You have been chosen as a member of the crew on the first one-way flight to Mars – you are allowed to bring 5 books with you. What would they be?
- Mein Kampf (Adolf Hitler)
- The Bible
- Let’s Dance in the Kitchen (Colin J Galtrey)
- Freedom and Reality (Enoch Powell)
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Please tell us about your latest published work.
Jake Ingis made a mistake the day he entered the Stone Circle known locally as The Nine Ladies. From that day forward everybody he loves will be affected. How can a normal fun-loving young man be pulled into this life? Who is Cynbel and what was a warrior from the past doing on Stanton Moor? Nothing made sense.
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