Gary D. McGugan

Gary D. McGugan

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I love to tell stories and have published 6 novels of international suspense and intrigue. (Three Weeks Less a Day, The Multima Scheme, Unrelenting Peril, Pernicious Pursuit, A Web of Deceit, and A Slippery Shadow). Novel # 7 is scheduled for release on Labor Day 2023. After a forty-year career at senior levels of global corporations, I started writing with a goal of using artful suspense to entertain and inform. My launch of a new writing career—at an age most people retire–reveals an ongoing zest for new challenges and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.
extensive experiences around the globe are evident in every chapter.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

A Slippery Shadow continues the sagas of three principal characters first introduced in Three Weeks Less a Day. Each character is powerful, strong-willed, and flawed. This story was inspired by a concern that criminal elements become increasingly powerful in our society, influencing the behavior of people, companies, and governments. While I entertain readers with a gripping story, I also stimulate thinking about how we might combat organized crime and the consequences if we don’t.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I write for three hours a day, every morning. Then, after a break for lunch, I walk for 1-2 hours. My walks are usually along trails in nature and I walk without a headset, earphones or buds. I use that time to think about my story and plan the next day’s words for the story.

What authors, or books have influenced you?

I like the writing style of James Patterson and emulate it in my stories: short chapters, short paragraphs, and a quick pace throughout. I’ve read every book by John Grisham and admire his novel of the law and his ability to create enthralling stories. Wilbur Smith wrote with a unique skill for vivid descriptions and I read his stories often for inspiration.

What are you working on now?

My seventh, and yet unnamed, novel will publish on Labor Day 2023. A title reveal is expected in early July.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

I’m still struggling to identify a winner.

Which Websites you like most to promote your book

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Join a writers’ community. You’ll develop a network of writers with similar goals and find good advice and ideas about how you can do things better.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?


What are you reading now?

The Burning Shore – Wilburt Smith

What’s next for you as a writer?

Launch novel # 7

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

I’d find a way to bring far more than 3 or 4.

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