John McQuillan


On leaving school in London, where he was born, John completed a five-year signwriting apprenticeship with a local company and just eighteen months later started his own sign business, which is now run by the youngest of his four sons.

He was always a keen listener to radio plays and short stories, and one day decided he would rather be writing the stories than listening to them. Spare time was scarce so he stuck to short stories at first, of which he wrote many, until as more time became available he was able to add full length novels to his repertoire.

Apart from family time and writing, John enjoys: music, radio and TV drama, swimming, walking, socialising and using his imagination. He has also lived with a life-long love of the cinema, and has a large collection of films. "I never tire of watching old classics," he says.

John describes himself as a creative optimist who loves telling stories. He says: "My optimism helps me deal with most of life's challenges and my sense of humour takes care of the rest."

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
It's a novella about a weekend reunion of four university friends and their husbands and partners. It turns out to be a rather surprising weekend for all four couples.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
If you really want to go back that far I think it was 'The Snuffly, Snorty Dog'. It was a prize at primary school and I remember reading it dozens of times. The first 'grown-up' story that had a real impact on me was 'The 39 Steps' by John Buchan.
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Where to find John McQuillan online

Twitter: @Twill39
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


The Wrong Crowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,120. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
When young Ethan Locke falls in with a bad crowd at his new school, following his family's move to a new district, older brother Jake desperately tries to extricate his brother from the gang leader's influence. Can Jake win the trust of the gang and come up with a plan in time to save his brother from the serious consequences in which he has become deeply embroiled? But time is running out.

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