It was great having a chat with Charlie and finding out a few things that I will now share with you, I started off by wanting to know where he does his writing?
This is where I tend to pitch up when I’m at home! It’s part of the kitchen and has a view outside and is also close to the kettle! When the world is a lot more normal I spend a lot of time writing out and about. Most days I will visit a coffee shop in the town – Steep Street and Loaf are my ‘locals’!
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading ‘The Chain’ by Adrian McKinty. This is a psychological thriller that has done well so I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. I am looking to try and write a psychological thriller myself – maybe next – so I’m having a look at what is popular.
Do your family read your books?
Some of my family read my books – my wife is two behind! My mother reads them the moment they come out. I’m always nervous about her feedback, she’s very hard to please and has been reading in the crime-thriller genre all her life so she knows her stuff! She likes them. ‘He Is Watching You’ is her favourite.
Sounds like a great Mum
Do your ideas just come to you or do you get a vague idea and then build on it?
In regards to ideas for a book, I always start with a very vague idea of what I want the whole thing to be but with a specific scene in mind. This scene can be the beginning but it could just as easily be the middle or the end and I sort of write towards it. I’ve never been one to plan a book, I know authors that plan to the point where it’s almost a first draft but I can’t work like that. A big part of the enjoyment for me is starting a story with no idea how it might finish!
Have you thought about writing any other genre?
In regards to other genres – definitely. I mentioned more of a psychological thriller slant – where the police barely feature – but I am also writing a children’s book at the moment and I expect that one to be the next story I finish. I will be looking to release that under a different name – I’m not sure it will go down well with the readership I have built who follow the Charlie Gallagher name!
Have any of your books been optioned for TV?
None of my books have been optioned for TV as yet. I would love to see the Maddie Ives series on TV, I genuinely think there is a bit of a gap with a female lead detective. I could see Maddie as a female John Luther! My writing style is cinematic in the way that I use point-of-view, so I don’t think adaptation for TV would be too difficult – and I know my publisher is of the same opinion.
Do you have the radio on or anything when you write?
I don’t have a strict environment for writing. Sometimes music, sometimes not, sometimes quiet. I have become well used to snatching a few minutes to write here and there around a day job and busy home life so I don’t need a clinical environment. Again, some authors I speak to have a dead silent study and set times that they work in a day. I work when I can, where I can! I do find myself to be more productive in a coffee shop type environment, something busy with white noise.
Is there a number of how many more Maddie Ives books you will write?
I have just finished Maddie #6 and right now it feels like the last one. I’m not saying I won’t go back to it but for now, I will be off to finish the children’s book, then maybe a psycho-thriller. I may also do a standalone featuring one of the characters from the Maddie series – but I’m really not sure right now.
I have just finished your first book, what do you think about it when you read it now?
By the first book, you may mean the very first – Bodily Harm. I’m very proud of it, I always dreamed of having a published novel and the feeling when that finally arrived is difficult to describe. I also knew at that point that I wanted to make a career out of writing – and one book does not do that. My main concern has been to improve. I always want my next to be better than the last, I think that’s how you make it a career. I learned a lot from the whole George Elms series and I think the Maddie Ives series is the result of that. Now I want to push myself with a children’s book and something of a different genre. Overall, I love Bodily Harm, I think it’s a great book and I know I put everything into it. There are things I would change – but that’s only some of the locational stuff as it wasn’t based on anywhere, just a mash-up of towns I know and I have since learned the importance of giving a book a solid ‘place.’ I would challenge any author who looks back at anything they have done in the past and says that they wouldn’t change something about it! Writing is just like any skill, you get better the more you practice, so there might be some things in there I would look at now and think I might be able to do better!
Thank you Charlie, that was great it was good to find out what you are up to and a children’s book sounds great, I can get some of my ten grandchildren to review it! I do definitely think the Maddie Ives series would be great for TV, I wonder who would get the main part?
You can keep up with what Charlie is up to on his website and social media here.
BOOK BLURB BY CHARLIE
I have been a serving UK police officer for twelve years. During that time I have had many roles, starting as a frontline response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and also as a detective investigating the more serious offences.
My books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories.
The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.
I am inspired by what I do and see in my day-job as a police officer, though my books are entirely fictional. I am aware that the police officers in my books are not always shown positively. They are human and they make mistakes. This can be the case in real life too, but the vast majority of officers are honest and do a job in trying circumstances. From what I see on a daily basis, the men and women who wear the uniform and among the very finest, and I am proud to be part of one of the best police forces in the world.
The books are set in and around the fictional town of Langthorne. This is an area that is typical perhaps of many seaside resorts on England’s south coast: beautiful scenery, raw and rugged terrain and a dark underbelly.
The rest of the week will be the two reviews form his latest books, I will then be eagerly waiting for book 6 about Maddie Ives. I think I will be a bit sad but hopefully, Charlie will come back to those in the future, especially if they are optioned for TV which I have to say I think will be absolutely brilliant so if you know any TV producers tell them about Charlie.
What do you think about these books?