Gary J Byrnes


Irish thriller writer Gary J Byrnes is a number one (9/11 TRILOGY) author whose stories are edgy and highly-entertaining. Gary was nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award with acclaimed Limerick crime thriller PURE MAD, published in 2009. Has published DNA conspiracy thriller THE GOD VIRUS (2011), THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN - AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY (2012), THE WRITER AND OTHER STORIES shorts collection (2013) and THRILLER BOX SET (2014). Has also written a series of kids' thrillers about witches and magic in Ireland, WITCH GRANNIES. VAMPIRE STORY is his debut short film. Gary actively promotes secularism in SECULAR IRELAND.

Gary says: "Stories are what make us human. Pure Mad, my crime thriller, is set in Limerick, Ireland and was nominated for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. I've since revisited the work and published The Author's Cut. The God Virus is a wild conspiracy thriller about an atheist forensics scientist who gets hold of DNA samples that raise huge questions about the origin of humanity, the power of religion and the ultimate questions of life, God and where we're going as a species. All my writing is about questioning the world in which we live.

"I try to focus on building strong and interesting characters and letting them breathe in plots that have no limits. My stories are epic, controversial and, I hope, like nothing you've read before. I want you to be thrilled by my writing and would love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so please connect with me any way you like. If you enjoy my work, please give it a rating and review wherever you find it. What's most important to me is that you're reading. Good job, you!"

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Limerick, a town in the west of Ireland. Limerick influenced my writing directly in giving me the location for my Dagger Award-nominated crime thriller, Pure Mad. It also indirectly influenced my writing as it's an extremely Catholic place. Maybe this excess of religion helped to turn me against it all.
When did you first start writing?
I'd written creative fiction as a young child, only because I wanted to. Then the Catholic school system (in Ireland, the majority of public schools are still run by the Catholic Church. Crazy but true!) knocked the interest out of me. I later went to art school and wound up in journalism. Only after 9/11, in late 2001, did I start writing fiction, probably as a way to interpret a fracturing world.

With hindsight, I could say that I wish I'd done literature or creative writing at college, gotten onto this path sooner. But my experiences made me the writer that I am, so I wouldn't change a thing.
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Where to buy in print


Thriller Box Set
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 239,620. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
Sex & Drugs & Gods & Gangs & Terrorism & 9/11 & War & Hate & Love & Lies & Truths. Three of Gary J Byrnes’s bestselling novels, now brought together for the very first time.
History Trilogy
Price: Free! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
From the creation of the Jesus myth in ancient Rome to the downfall of King Louis XVI in France to the horror of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, history is full of lessons for us. But will we ever learn?
The X-Games
Price: Free! Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
London, 2022. An ageing TV star is offered her final chance for glory on the world's favourite talent show. The X Factor meets the Hunger Games in this chilling, thrilling short story.
The Writer and Other Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,190. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: March 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This thrilling collection of stunning short fiction will force you to challenge every assumption, to question everything, to reach new conclusions. Human society has always been controlled and manipulated by the few, but can the many fight back? Read this epic fiction and help chart humanity's future.
The Death of Osama bin Laden - An Alternative History
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,590. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mashups
What if? What if things hadn't worked out as they did? What if Osama bin Laden had managed to get his hands on a nuclear bomb?
Ireland Trilogy
Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Three short stories set in Ireland. The first story, Perhaps A Few, happens just before Ireland's devastating potato famine of 1845-49. Troika is a story that happens in the dark 1930s, while Blitzkrieg Ireland 2016 considers what might happen during the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the event that led to Ireland's independence.
Witch Grannies - The Case of the Lonely Banshee
Series: Witch Grannies, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Emily’s witch grannies have whisked her away in the night, to the village of Castleconnell in the west of Ireland. The River Shannon is home to a banshee and she’s collecting souls, including Emily’s witch sister, Edna. The witches must race against time to find the banshee’s lair and free the trapped souls. But there is an even bigger threat to the river and all her inhabitants.
Blitzkrieg Ireland 2016
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A very short story about what might happen when Ireland can no longer afford to pay her debts to the European Central Bank. This story also features in Ireland Trilogy by Gary J Byrnes.
9/11 Trilogy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,190. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
Challenging, edgy short stories set before, during and after 9/11. 'The Garden at the Inn' is set in Afghanistan and Pakistan and looks at the formation of Al-Qaeda. 'Tuesday' is Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The trilogy concludes with 'Nine Twelve', a vision of life in the aftermath of that fateful day.
The God Virus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,120. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Epic, surreal sci-thriller, set in the world of crime forensics. Living and working in Essex, England, forensic scientist William Bunk's life is messed around when he finds mysterious DNA samples in the post. His wife is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Could there be a bizarre connection between the Homo erectus DNA and that space dust from NASA? Obviously.
Pure Mad - The Author's Cut
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,700. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: April 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
From the Number One Thriller Writer. Pure Mad was nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger Award. A blizzard of cocaine, sex, guns and African black magic. Russian and Irish mobsters, the IRA and missing kids. Imagine everything converging in Limerick, on the wild west coast of Ireland, where amateur private detective Charlie Doyle is hired to get proof of adultery.
Witch Grannies - The Case of the Evil Schoolmaster
Series: Witch Grannies, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,340. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
(4.00 from 1 review)
A thrilling children's novel, set in Ireland and perfect for anyone aged 8 to 12. Meet Emily and Malcolm who've been sent to stay with their Grannies. Oh, and their grannies are witches...

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