Jim McCool has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for over twenty years. His writing has been published in The Fred, The Irish Post, Force 10, and various other publications and websites. His work has also recently featured in New Philosopher magazine, and on ABC Radio National’s Pocketdocs.
His short story ‘The Hole Thing’ won the Berkelouw Books Pittwater prize for short fiction in 2014.
Jim was born in Northern Ireland, but now lives in Sydney, Australia.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read on my phone - less usually on my laptop. I use my phone simply because it's handy and because it's always with me. And as screen quality is getting better over time, it's becoming a more enjoyable experience.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm not that into marketing... However, when I get picked up - for instance by the Pogues facebook page - that REALLY kicks things off. And I use Twitter quite a lot.
These stories were written for Australia's Berkelouw Books Pittwater Short Story Award between 2011 and 2016. This collection includes the 2014 winner, 'The Hole Thing' and three other stories which were either short-listed or commended. Following the contest rules, each of the stories is recognizably based in Sydney's Pittwater region, including the city's famous Northern Beaches.
Features foreword by SHANE MACGOWAN of the POGUES. Beat / alt-lit short story collection. Set in shady pubs, squats and flats in London's Camden Town and Brixton. Originally published in fanzine style in 1994, with some of the stories picked up and republished by the Irish Post.
Not your ordinary, limp, fan fiction. I BELIEVE IN THE MAN IN THE SKY channels Johnny Cash, 2000AD, William S. Burroughs, Phillip K. Dick, Elvis, J.G. Ballard and The Louvin Brothers in a slaughter house classic of hillbilly ravings and personal redemption.