Interview with Christopher McGarry

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do fondly. I started getting interested in writing when I was around 12 years old. Growing up, I loved reading stories of adventure and action. This desire followed me through junior high and high school. I always knew I wanted to do some professional writing. This interest led me into journalism and then to writing novels. My first novel, Unforeseen Fury, was published in 2011. I have just recently published my second novel, Summer of Fear.
What is your writing process?
I try to write for at least two hours a day. I spend at least an hour researching topics that are included in my stories.
How do you approach cover design?
For my second novel, I enlisted the help of a local graphic artist. I sat down with her and gave specific instructions as to what I wanted the tone of the cover to be: dark, mysterious, somewhat violent, just like the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I enjoy reading books about history, mainly medieval and Tudor-era. I also enjoy crime thrillers as well as autobiographies about famous actors and rock stars.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
In my opinion, the most effective marketing technique is social media. That being said, if one has the time to do so, have as many book signings as possible. Set up a book reading at a local library. You want to meet with people so they'll get to know who you the author is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Prince Edward Island. Having lived in an area of fishing villages and farms, it gave me a strong appreciation for country living, conservative-minded people, which is often reflected in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stories around the age of 12.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Summer of Fear is the story of Antonio Guardini, a New York City police detective who struggles with his strong personal convictions about abortion when he is tasked with hunting down a deranged maniac who is killing abortion doctors in the midst of a burning heat wave in the Big Apple.
Published 2014-09-08.
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Books by This Author

When the Guns Were Turned on Us
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,870. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
A horrifying global conflict ravages the planet. The world economy has collapsed, leaving a firestorm of fear and anarchy in its wake. The once free nations of the United States and Canada have been merged into a nightmarish totalitarian North American Empire.
Summer of Fear
Price: Free! Words: 57,640. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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Antonio Guardini, a hard-edged though tactful New York police detective, devout Catholic and prolife activist, must put his personal beliefs aside as he hunts down a cunning assassin who is murdering abortion doctors.