A Q & A POST FROM Author Eoghan Egan

Book 2 The Ganestown Trilogy due for release 29th March /hardbacks/ ebook / pre order from. http://www.https://reddogpress.co.uk or any other good book retailer.

Before the release of his new book #TheOtherSideOfFear due for release on the 29th March, published by @RedDogTweets I decided to do a quick Q & A with Eoghan these are the questions and replies enjoy and welcome Eoghan to the Red Dog Kennels. Would be great if you could pre order his books especially if you are into crime thrillers.

Eoghan Egan is a new author to join the other brilliant crime authors in the Red Dog Kennels. Here are a few questions getting to know a little more on Eoghan’s writing.

Can you tell me a little more about having both Hugh and Ferdia as protagonists?

Hugh and Ferdia are basically throwbacks to the good cop, bad cop, except they work in the world of sales, as opposed to a police station. I want the two protagonists to be regular, ordinary, middle class men with normal human failings, where a reader could say: “I work with a guy like Hugh, or, I have a cousin just like Ferdia….”

Hugh is college educated and can give the impression of being aloof, but actually he’s a bit shy, almost an introvert

Ferdia is a complete extrovert. Big, brash, loud, a wheeler dealer, life and soul of the party, but street wise, and has a heart of gold, so people forgive him for a lot of his failings.             

Ferdia’s weaknesses are Hugh’s strengths and vice versa, so they complement each other. Hugh tries to find a solution to issues without ruffling too many feathers, whereas Ferdia will bulldoze his way through. Hugh does everything to the best of his ability, whereas, Ferdia? Well, Ferdia will wing it…

You have set this trilogy in the Irish Ireland, a place that doesn’t get as much love as the bigger cities or the coast, why was it important to feature this location?

Several reasons.

Cities, I feel, can be soulless. People go about their lives, hardly knowing or acknowledging their neighbour. A person can remain anonymous, or vanish for long periods without being missed.

On the other hand, in small communities, people look out for each other, talk on a daily basis… rely on one another. In the first part of this crime trilogy, Hiding in Plain Sight, it was going to be more difficult to have someone disappear from a small town because they’d be missed much quicker, and the consequences would be greater because they affect the whole community.

I was born and reared in the Irish Midlands. I tried to set the trilogy in other locations, the U.S. initially, and then in the U.K., but it was only when I moved the characters to an area I knew best, that the story really clicked into place, using the terrain and weather as other characters.

Your books are not only great mysteries, but they have lots of storylines involving relationships – how did you strike a balance between the two?

Great question, Jackie. I let the mysteries unravel at their own pace and make sure there are no implausible scenes or major coincidences in the plot.

Regarding relationships, I delete anything that feels mundane – readers have enough routine in their lives, they don’t want to read about it in someone else’s – and whatever is left, I magnify by 100.

Relationships make the world go round, but they are heightened in a small community where everyone knows, is married to, or related to someone nearby. (Think Coronation Street or Eastenders). Because of the close ties, it’s inevitable that personal issues will develop. Even the closest neighbours can fall out over something trivial, which can lead to a full-scale dispute. It’s also unrealistic to imagine that every couple is happy a hundred percent of the time, and I understand that a person’s public veneer can be very different to what’s displayed behind closed doors. That’s reality, and these interactions is the fuel that drives stories. Ideally, I’d like readers to say “that’s me” or “that could happen to me.” I wouldn’t be accomplishing anything if my characters were portrayed as anything other than human, and anything less would be doing readers a grave injustice.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?


1. Think about the story you want to write. Think about the characters and add some shape to them. Plan your location. Don’t feel you need to know everything. You’ll learn on the fly. If you wait to figure out every detail, you’ll never progress. Start writing whatever scene is in your head. First scene of the book? Fine. Or a scene from the middle of the book? That’s also fine. It doesn’t matter. You’ll build around it.

2. Write every day. I repeat: Write. Every. Day. Success rarely occurs from what you do occasionally; it comes from what you do consistently.

3. Develop your social media base. Connect with writing groups.

4. Continue to write your novel and at the same time attend some literary courses, preferably near where you live, or else online. Ask your peers to read and critique your work – your writing will improve much quicker when you benchmark yourself against other writers. Listen to their feedback, but remember, they’re telling you how they write and what works for them, so use their advice (and mine) as a foundation to build your own style.

5. When your manuscript is ready, submit to agents… or self-publish. Acquiring a literary agent is most writer’s favoured route to market, but even if you decide to self-publish, I’d recommend submitting to agents. Any feedback you get and take on board, will improve your manuscript.

Favourite classic book?

Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Dickens was a genius with names. This one had Thomas Gradgrind. The surname alone conjures up what the character is like.

Thank you for the questions, Jackie.

Thank you Eoghan for answering these questions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

EOGHAN EGAN is a native of Co. Roscommon, Ireland, Eoghan wrote his first story aged nine. At college, he studied Computer Programming, works in Sales Management & Marketing, but his passion for reading and writing remains.

Eoghan’s work got shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize, and Listowel’s 2019 Bryan McMahon Short Story Award Competition. His novel was a contender in lieterary agent David Headley’s opening chapter Pitch Competition, and during March 2019, Eoghan’s entry won Litopia’s prestigious Pop-Up Submission.

A graduate at Maynooth University’s Creative Writing Curriculum, and Curtis Brown’s Edit &Pitch Your Novel Course, Eoghan divides his time between Roscommon, Dublin and Southern Italy.

SYNOPSIS

THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR (The Ganestown Trilogy book 2)

Due for release on 29th March 2022 / pre order now

This is book 2 of The Ganestown Trilogy to get to know the characters I would recommend you read book one first then book 2. However they can be read as stand-alone novels. By ordering from @RedDogTweets you are supporting not only an Indie publisher but also the Indie author. Anything ordered from Red Dog comes beautifully wrapped in red paper. It makes a great gift.

SYNOPSIS


NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

Sharona Waters is determined to dig into loan shark Dessie Dolan’s business and see him brought to justice. But when a young woman she’s only briefly met goes missing, a much darker story emerges.

Pulled into the ruthless world of people trafficking – a world built on violent brutality and sudden death – Sharona finds herself caught between crime and conscience, pursued by powerful and ruthless criminals, and just one bad decision away from having her whole world crash down.

Sometimes, the only way forward is to risk everything, no matter the cost.

How Good does that sound? This is a book not to be missed.

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT By Eoghan Egan (The Ganestown Trilogy book one)

If you are interested in the new book #TheOtherSideOfFear why not grab a copy of the first book #HidingInPlainSight you won’t be disappointed. Available from https://www.reddogpress.co.uk as well as other good book retailers.

SYNOPSIS

A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands… with his sights set on the next victim. A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No bodies, no evidence, no suspect. High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi million euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree. When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…

Social Media Links:

  • Twitter: @eoghanegan
  • Instagram: @eoghanegan

If you are looking for a new crime author to follow, then look no further. Grab yourself a copy of these two books from the trilogy.

 

 


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