IT'S SAGA SATURDAY!! Please welcome author Colin J. Galtrey...


Hi Colin, welcome to my blog! I am looking forward to learning more about you and your novel, Let's Dance In The Kitchen - let's kick off with my questions...

1.)              What is your favourite thing about yourself? I like to think I am a fair person and always try to be a gentleman.

2.)              What do you wish you’d known before you started writing? My first books I tried to do everything but now I have small team which help with marketing/proof reading etc which leaves me to concentrate on the writing.

3.)              Share a romantic moment in your life. That moment when I kissed for the first time the love of my life.

4.)              Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author? What is it? If the story pops into my head I will write about it. I have no hang-up subjects.

5.)              Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? Don’t spend time correcting just let the words flow and try not to be too descriptive let the reader use their imagination.

6.)              If you could be the original author for any book, which book would it be? Why? Falling Leaves and Mountain Ashes by Brenda George. This book made me want to write and hopefully, one day be judged to this author's high standard.

7.)              What are you working on at the moment? I have as many as twelve books partially written and always have three books that are taking my time up.

8.)              Do you work on one book at a time? More? Always work on three or four but eventually one takes my full concentration like my love story Lets Dance in the Kitchen which is available in Paperback and E-Format but also now on Audio.


Two little boys began their friendship not knowing that they would endure two World Wars with misgivings on their behaviour but most of all the love of one woman.

 The little Village of Brough Bridge is the starting point to this Love story that will make you smile cry and question the characters. You decide if that same situation came your way would you react the same. If the answer is “Yes” then judgement can’t be a tool for you to use.

 Read this fascinating book about two best friends Dickie Taylor and Thomas Yuan and their life as they grow up having an idyllic childhood. See how things change as they endure the horrors of two World Wars and the devastation that brings. I challenge you not to be touched by this story.

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Whilst spending time travelling for work around the world, for Colin there were many unglamorous hours spent in hotel rooms and airport lounges, yet this provided the perfect opportunity to release a passion for writing that had been stifled for many years.

Colin's journey into his unique style of storytelling officially began in August 2015, with the publication of his first crime thriller "Things Will Never Be the Same Again". The first book of series one - of which there are five instalments, heralded the introduction of fictional Peak District Detective John Gammon as a new name in rural crime fighting and police investigation.

With a very distinct writing style, each book of the John Gammon detective series places you inside the nuances of the local life in the social and professional circles of the main protagonist. Alongside the underlying crime plot in each novel, the detailed menu choices for Gammon when dining out, to the drives, he takes through the Peak District countryside and the friends he surrounds himself with all combine for unique and very addictive storytelling.

Many readers have quite rightly commented on how prolific Colin is with his writing, which is proven through an Amazon bookshelf featuring 38 books published in just over 5 years. Alongside the 23 books featuring John Gammon, Colin has spanned a range of subject matter including a wartime love story with "Let's Dance In The Kitchen" (which went into Amazon's top 50 of its genre), the spiritual world with the trilogy of "Looking for Shona", "The Hurt of Yochana" and "Grove", and also the 2-part series "Calming Farm" and "I am Fawn Jones". The IRA was an underlying presence in "Scarab Falls", whilst time travel was the subject of "The Stanton Incident". The stand-alone thrillers of "Innocence and Guilt" and "Rose Petals From Russia" and the recently completed ‘The Stunner’ trilogy complete the author's catalogue.

Throughout the many genres and novels, the characters and places Colin's books feature owe much to a life spent observing and enjoying the richness of subject matter in the place he calls home. Colin was born in Darley Dale, a small village nestled in the heart of the Derbyshire and most unsubtly recognisable throughout the John Gammon novels. Colin has four beautiful children and knows he is so very lucky to live in the area which has inspired him to write, as he explains "Although I must stress my work is purely fictitious and does not represent or imply anything other than my imagination if you live/work in the Peak District or regularly enjoy visiting the area you will undoubtedly recognise some of the areas spoken about in the books."

Further information can be found at and please follow Colin on Instagram @thepeakdistrictauthor YouTube: Colin J Galtrey and Facebook: Colin J Galtrey (Author)


1 comment

  1. It seems to me that you are able to write in the viewpoints of both male and female main characters, which is rare and the sign of a really good writer.