John Holt

ProfileHi.  I am a retired Chartered Surveyor.  I live with my wife Margaret, and my daughter Elizabeth.  I came into writing novels quite late in life.  I had always wanted to write but could never think of a decent plot. In 2005 we went for a holiday in Austria.  We stayed in a place called Grundlsee.  This was the first of three lakes.  The next lake, Toplitz, was used by the Germans during the war to test torpedoes, and missiles.  As the war came to an end many items were hidden in the lake, including millions of counterfeit pounds, and dollars.  There was also jewellery, weapons, and documents.  There were rumours that gold bullion was also placed in to the lake.  Several searches were made, but no gold was discovered.  In my first novel, The Kammersee Affair (available on Amazon), gold is found, only in the third lake, Kammersee.

Since then I have developed a character, Tom Kendall, a private detective.  To date there are four books published and available on Amazon.  “The Mackenzie Dossier”, “The Marinski Affair”, “Epidemic” and “A Killing In The City”. I have just published my sixth novel, a “What If” novel set in the time of the American Civil War, “The Thackery Journal”.
I have two other Tom Kendall novels that I am working on for release, hopefully, in 2014

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Gerry McCullough


Gerry McCullough

Gerry McCullough has been writing poems and stories since childhood. Brought up in north Belfast, she graduated in English and Philosophy from Queen’s University, Belfast, then went on to gain an MA in English.

She lives just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has four grown up children and is married to singer/songwriter and Media Producer, Raymond McCullough, with whom she co-edited the Irish magazine, ‘Bread’, (published by Kingdom Come Trust), from 1990-96. In 1995 they also published a non-fiction book called, ‘Ireland – now the good news!’

Over the past few years Gerry has had more than sixty short stories published in UK, Irish and American magazines, anthologies (7) & annuals – as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster – with poems and articles also published in several Northern Ireland, UK & online magazines.

Her previous success in winning the Cúirt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); being shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); commended in the 2009 Seán O’Faolain Short Story Competition, (Cork); and her recent success on HarperCollins’ site; opened up the opportunity for publication of her full-length Irish novel, ‘Belfast Girls’ – in November 2010.

‘Danger Danger’, a thriller set in Belfast, was published by Precious Oil Publications in November 2011, followed by ‘The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus’, in January 2012; ‘Angel in Flight’ in June 2012; ‘Lady Molly & The Snapper’ in August 2012; and ‘Angel in Belfast’ in June 2013. Also, a new Precious Oil edition of ‘Belfast Girls’ was released in July 2012.
The prizewinning story, ‘Primroses’, is one of a series of twelve Irish short stories written by Gerry, also currently under consideration for publication in book form – while also in the pipeline are, Dark Night, an Irish historical novel; and, Not the End of the World, a humorous, futuristic, adult fantasy novel.

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