Interview with Garry Kay, author of psychological thriller, Don’t Fear the Reaper

3 Apr



This week I interviewed self-published author, Garry Kay. Don’t Fear The Reaper was the first self-published book I read on my brand new kindle and I was really impressed by the quality. If you would like to check out, Don’t Fear the Reaper is going to be free on Amazon for the next two days (Thurs 4th and Friday 5th April.) Read on to find out more…

Tell me a bit about yourself 

I am 49 and live in Cornwall with my wife Ginny and two teenage children Hannah and Sam. I did an economics degree at the University of Surrey and Michigan State University. In 1986 I started as a trainee reporter on the West Sussex County Times in Horsham. After the County Times, I joined the Yorkshire Gazette & Herald in York as sports editor. I then took a career break with Ginny to work in a bar in Lanzarote while she worked as a holiday rep. I returned to York as chief sub-editor before joining The West Briton in 1995 as deputy editor. In 2000, I joined the Press Association in Leeds as new media chief sub-editor, but missed Cornwall so much that I returned. Since then I have made a living through property investments and writing novels. During my time at the Yorkshire Gazette & Herald, the paper won the coveted Press Gazette national award for Newspaper of the Year, a success I repeated at The West Briton in Cornwall.

Tell me about your books



Break Free: Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages have positive feelings towards their captors. Andrew Leopard has not been kidnapped. He is a teenager starting university, but he has lived in his father’s shadow for so long that he struggles to break free when endless opportunities slap him in the face. He falls in love with Pink Socks. He doesn’t even know her real name. She’s a fox … but is Andrew the incapable in pursuit of the unattainable?



The Door: Jack String and Bruce Morfield don’t like each other. The feud steps up when they become reporters on rival newspapers. The race is on for the  big front page splash. Bruce is always one step ahead as Jack is distracted by the dark-haired daughter of a wealthy property developer  … when he’s not playing football. He’s never far behind Bruce but as  he closes in, the light at the end of the tunnel is switched off. Jack is left with questions. He hopes to find the answers behind a mysterious locked door.



Don’t Fear The Reaper: One of the best film endings ever is The Italian Job. ‘Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea.’ But what happens next? Don’t Fear The Reaper starts where The Italian Job ends but there’s no gold and it’s not in Italy. It’s a crashed bus full of tourists balanced upside down over a cliff in Corfu. The Grim Reaper arrives in playful mood with a quota of 16 to fill. As you face death, your whole life flashes before your eyes. This book explores that fascinating and most fleeting moment.

What gave you the inspiration for Don’t Fear the Reaper?

I was fascinated with films like Flatliners which look at what happens immediately after death … the out-of-body experience which many people have spoken about after being revived from near death. In short, the moment your life flashes before your eyes when you face death.

When and where do you write?

Ideas fill my head in the night and I wake up with a head full of new chapters. Can’t write with others in the house, so must wait till they’ve all gone, then I play key mood songs, which for the Reaper included Hurt by Johnny Cash,Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks and The Scientist by Coldplay, then I tap away at my desk in the bedroom (warmest room in the house) 

How long did it take you to write your first novel? Have you got any faster?

First novel took 16 years. Second and third were six months each.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

Big publishers are understandably profit-driven and only touch new authors if their work is similar to something which has previously made them money. Basically there is very little scope for originality. I’d like to think my books are a little bit different … all have a few psychological surprises, which may spook the majors. Self-publishing does not have these constraints … clear winner.

Who designs your covers?

I do. Newspaper design was may first career, so my book covers use the same ideas.

Do you use a professional editor?

Having won newspaper of the year (national title) on two separate papers, I’d like to think I am a professional editor … although there are always a few “literals” which sneak through

What’s your top self-publishing tip?

Don’t be dis-heartened if you don’t outsell Fifty Shades. There are a lot of very good self-published books … FRY by Lorna Dounaeva being a perfect example. You’re not going to make millions without a lot of luck … right place right time.

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed on selfpublishbible, Garry. Wow, 16 years to complete the first novel and then the next one in just six months. That gives me hope! And I can’t believe you designed your own covers! That’s awesome, not to mention money-saving! 

If you’re in the mood for a psychological thriller with a difference, Don’t Fear the Reaper is free for the next two days.


One Response to “Interview with Garry Kay, author of psychological thriller, Don’t Fear the Reaper”

  1. Lorna's Voice April 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Great interview! Just downloaded the book! 🙂

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