Gary Donnelly is a crime thriller writer and blogger and teacher who attended a state comprehensive school in west Belfast, read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and has lived and worked in London since the late 1990s. In his time he’s been a Belfast cemetery manager, a business conference organiser in the City, a council gardener in Neasdon, and gained a further degree in Psychology, which he now teaches in Highbury, north London. Gary is married to the lovely Sacha with whom he has two non-returnable children. He can cook up a storm and play a mean guitar (after a few drinks).
Gary has this to say about his writing: “I always wanted to write a novel and after I enrolled on a course at the City Lit two years ago, the initial chapters of BLOOD WILL BE BORN emerged from one of the homework exercises. But the story has been incubating ever for much longer. I left Belfast 20 years ago but you see it never really left me. The course finished, and I kept writing; on my day off, weekends and while travelling into work. I took the first 3000 words to Crimefest 2016’s Pitch an Agent slot and received a massive thumbs up, encouragement enough in fact to get up at 5am before teaching and complete the first draft. Endeavour Press offered me a contract and it was released in September 2017. Edgar Ned Kelly Award winner Adrian McKinty previewed the novel and endorsed as ‘Brilliant’. I’m working on the follow up, book 2 in the DI Sheen series which I hope to complete for early 2018.”