• Gallowgate Press

    We are a small independant publisher based in Glasgow, Scotland.

     

    Our mission is to introduce new, talented writers to the publishing world. We embrace the new technology but still wholeheartedly support traditional publishing.

     

    We publish crime and contemporary fiction, & narrative nonfiction in paperback, eBook, mobile phone and other digital platforms.

  • Gallowgate Press is proud to announce our new title for 2019:

    KEY WEST: See It Before It Sinks by Jon Breakfield

    Key West by Jon Breakfield

    See below to read about it.

    Now available

    In eBook and in paperback on Amazon

    Also in your favourite ebook stores such as Kobo & Barnes & Noble

  • Our Authors:

    Jon Breakfield

    Introducing the latest book from our best-selling author Jon Breakfield

     

    KEY WEST: See it Before it Sinks is the fourth in the KEY WEST series.

    We are back with Jon & his wife living their dream life on their small sailboat on an island that is more Cuban than it is American, more laid-back than law-abiding, more prone to sinking than it should be.
    Popcorn Joe is of course back in a staring role along with the zany characters who make up the 'motley mob'. But things are changing on the island and not for the good. There are storms brewing and not exclusively of the hurricane variety.
     

  • Our List

    Death By Glasgow

    by Jon Breakfield

     

    Short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger Award 2012

     

     

    'I believed I was in Breakfield's Glasgow and felt the chill of the city wrapping around my shoulders…or was it going to be my throat? Throughout the book I felt a sense of threat. It hung in doorways. In bars. Even in seemingly innocuous conversation' -- Best-selling author of the DC Goodhew series Alison Bruce

     

    'Punchy and with a strong sense of place' -- Best-selling Scottish crime writer and former policewoman Karen Campbell

     

    '...gripping debut from an exciting new author' -- Sunday Times best-selling author Lee Weeks

    Now available

    In eBook and in paperback on Amazon

    Also in your favourite ebook stores such as Kobo & Barnes & Noble

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    Death by Key West by Jon Breakfield Buy on Amazon

    Death by Key West

    by Jon Breakfield

     

     

    Ex-cop Sharkey and his Prada-wearing partner Lyon-Jones are back.

     

    The stand-alone sequel to the crime thriller DEATH by GLASGOW.

     

    In balmy and sub-tropical Key West, Florida, a young bride-to-be is abducted from her bed in her parent's

    beach-front home.

    In bitterly cold and snowy Glasgow, Scotland, a young bride-to-be is found dead and cannibalized in a derelict

    hotel.

    Two crimes.

    Over four-thousand miles apart.

    The only connection is an ex-cop.

    And a free-range psychopath.

    Now available

    In eBook and in paperback on Amazon

    Also in your favourite ebook stores such as Kobo & Barnes & Noble

     

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    Pan Am

    by Jon Breakfield

    Pan Am: No Sex Please, We're Flight Attendants is not just a laugh-out-loud romp around the world or a historical foray into the beginnings of the great airline nor is it an emotional unveiling of the Facts and the Fun behind the logo...it’s all of the above.

    “The trip back to New York went smoothly: No passengers tried to open the emergency exits in mid-flight, we didn’t run out of the beef and only one child barfed.”

     

    Available now as an ebook

    on Amazon

    Also in your favourite ebook stores such as Kobo & Barnes & Noble

     

    Also available in paperback through your local bookstore.

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    TWENTY-ONE AGAIN!

    by Kate Vann

    Kate Wilson is nudging 50. Her breasts have gone south, her waist has acquired a spare tyre that wouldn't look out of place on a monster truck and don't get her started on her cellulite-riddled thighs.

    Kate's confidence is at zero and to cap it all her husband has just traded her in for a younger model.

    Everywhere Kate looks youth hits her in the face. Kate thinks getting older sucks. If you are not young, nobody wants you.

    But Kate still dreams that one day she will meet the perfect man. A jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, sensitive, sexy man. And she does.

    Problem is he's twenty-something and she's...not.

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  • A Chat with Our Authors

    Gillian Grant interviews: Jon Breakfield about his latest book Key West: See It Before It Sinks

    Gillian: I can't believe it's 3 years since we last chatted. And this is the fourth in the Key West series?

     

    Jon: Indeed.

     

    Gillian: How does this differ from your first 3 Key West books?

     

    Jon: This book is still about our life in Key West with all the zany characters and the mishaps of our daily existence on the island, but I have a much stronger message in both book 3 and this latest one. As are many parts of the world, Key West is struggling with pollution and the damage to our environment so I try to enlighten myself as well as the reader about the damage from plastics to cruise ships to spring breakers.

     

    Gillian: So we are educated and entertained at the same time.

     

    Jon: That is very much my goal. But also so many people over the years have contacted me saying how they wished they could give up their jobs in the big cities and move to a place like Key West that still does offer a slower pace of life. The Key West series is proof that it can be done and I try to give folk the courage to take the leap.

     

    Gillian: So what are you reading now?

     

    Jon: I continually find myself quite ignorant about the world at large so I'm reading a fascinating non-fiction called "Prisoners of Geography" by Tim Marshall

     

    Gillian: What's next on your horizon?

     

    Jon: Aha! - a departure from the Key West series: A non-fiction book about the celebrities, from authors to movie starts to gangsters, who all stepped foot on the island.

     

    Gillian: I think it's my shout this time for a pint and a pie.

     

    Jon: I thought you'd never ask.

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    Chat with our Authors

    Gillian Grant interviews: Jon Breakfield about his latest non-fiction book Pan Am

     

    Gilllian: Jon Breakfield your last book was DEATH by KEY WEST - a crime thriller; why this switch back to Non Fiction with your new book PAN AM: No Sex Please, We're Flight Attendants?

     

    Jon: I flew with Pan Am for many years and it was a very special time of my life. All of us who flew with Pan Am still conjure up glorious memories, and I wanted to share some of my memories with those who still lust for more. I also wanted to honour a few of my colleagues.

     

    Gillian: What was the best part of working for the airlines?

     

    Jon: How much time do you have? The camaraderie, the practical jokes, the far-off destinations, the layovers, the prestige of flying with an iconic airline, the uniforms, the pay. I could go on…so I will: the life-long friends that we made, the opportunity to see cities and countries, many of which I didn't even know existed, I could go on…

     

    Gillian: You delve into the history of the airline. What is it about the history of Pan Am that really fascinated you?

     

    Jon: Simply said, Pan Am MADE history. Plus I love dissecting and discovering facts that were long forgotten.

     

    Gillian: "No Sex Please, We're Flight Attendants". Why the sub-title?

     

    Jon: Well, you will have to read the book to discover that one…but suffice to say it is suitable reading for your mother or grandmother.

     

    Gllian: What was it like being a male flight attendant back then?

     

    Jon: Obviously working around zillions of members of the opposite sex can be extremely appealing, but once we were in the thick of things, I didn't really think in terms of gender. I was more impressed with colleagues' language skills or people skills or their ability to work under stress. Honest!

     

    Gillian: Would you become a flight attendant today?

     

    Jon: Probably not, unless we could magically resuscitate Pan Am and offer the long layovers, the onboard perks, the gifted pilots, and excise all the hubris regarding cutting corners and saving money.

     

    Gillian: What's next on your horizon?

     

    Jon: As my book on Pan Am takes flight and flies off into the sunset, I will start working on KEY WEST, Part III, where Gabrielle and I are back in quirky, bacchanal Key West, endeavouring to live on an extremely expensive, backwater island loaded with wackos…and make it all work.

     

    Gillian: I think I can speak for your readers, not just myself, when I say we are already looking forward to your next book.

     

    Gillian Grant interviews: Kate Vann about her debut novel Twenty-One, Again!

    Gillian: How much of 'Kate' is Kate Vann?

     

    Kate: Writers tend to write what they know, so there is a quite lot of Kate that is me. Kate has had all her confidence knocked out of her by her over-bearing husband who clearly thinks he's better than she. I definitely had that experience with my first husband. He was the kind of guy who would refuse to play trivial pursuits with me because he said 'I wasn't intelligent enough and he would be bored'. So it was easy to write about Kate's loss of confidence and self-worth. I also understood Kate losing her way in life. You do reach an age when you become invisible to people. Your voice doesn't count. Your body is changing and not for the better! You just become part of the furniture. Life is rushing by and you feel you haven't achieved anything and all of a sudden no one wants you anymore. I know that feeling so I could pour all of that into Kate.
    On the other hand, Kate is gentle, sweet-natured and incredibly long-suffering. I am none of those things! In my head she also looks like Diana Lane and I definitely don't!

     

    Gillian: Why did you choose London for your setting?

     

    Kate: I lived in London in my 20s and I have always loved it. I live in rural Wales now, but I'm a city girl at heart. I love the noise, the smells -- everything. I sleep like a baby when I can hear taxis and buses going past. A few years ago, I took my youngest son down to London for a couple of days and we did the open-top, double-decker bus tour.
    Our guide was passionate about his subject and clearly loved talking about London. That inspired the setting for the story as Kate is a tour guide. I'll always have a connection with London and my middle son now lives there.

     

    Gillian: You have appealing male characters, is it difficult to write from a male's point of view?

     

    Kate: No. I love it. I'm not sure I do it that well, but I do enjoy writing from a male point of view. In fact, I think I prefer it. My husband, Ron, tells me I have a 'man's brain' whatever that means! Anyway, I'm taking it as a compliment. I once wrote a short story for The Weekly News in which my main character was based on Gil Chesterton the food critic in the TV series Frasier? He was a pompous, posh Englishman who was terribly camp. I really enjoyed being him and the editor paid me the nicest compliment saying it was one of the best stories she'd read in a long time. It kind of shocked me that I could write so well as a middle-aged, posh gay man!

     

    Gillian: Are you a slave to fashion like some of your characters?

     

    Kate: Hahaha. No, not anymore. When I was younger, I was really into fashion, but I've lived in the countryside for too long now. My life is jeans and tops. Given the chance I'd live in my PJs! Oh, I sound such a slob. However, Jon will tell you I do love shoes. I've been known to buy shoes and never wear them, just look at them - - adoringly.
    If I were a young girl I'd be into Japanese fashion. I love Japanese street fashion. Kawaii, Sweet Lolita, etc. Obviously, that's out of the question at my age so I have transferred my love of it to one of my characters, Shobna.

     

    Gillian: Are we going to see Kate in a future book?

     

    Kate: I gave Kate the happiest ending. I gave her everything she wanted. Her story has been told, but yes, I would love her back. I would also like her friends back, too. I think now, together, they could have a very different adventure.

     

    Gillian: Do you have something else up your sleeve?

     

    Kate: Yes, I do. Lurking in the dusty recesses of my computer is another novel. A very different story. It's quite dark but it's a story I want to tell.

     

    Gillian: As a working mother, when do you have time to write?

     

    Kate: I don't. Every day I make a list and on the bottom it says 'write'. Usually, by the time I've reached the end of that list, I'm too exhausted to do it.
    My boys are all grown up now, but I still have one at home. Most people my age are retired and living a leisurely life, I'm still working at about 3 different jobs. I mostly write in my head. I write almost constantly in my head. Sometimes I leave the house to walk to town and can't recollect one second of the journey because I've been busily writing in my head the whole way. I can't even remember crossing the road. Then when I get a moment I get it in the computer.

     

    Gillian: What do you do when you first wake up in the morning?

     

    Kate: The first thing I do is thank God for the fact I've woken up to a new day. Then I take the dog in the garden and get to the coffee pot as fast as possible. I'm not human until I've had that cup of coffee!!! After that I check my phone.

     

    Gillian: Computer, laptop, back of napkins?

     

    Kate: Computer and back of napkins, receipts, bills, anything...
    I love my computer. It doesn't always love me and lets me down, but I wouldn't be able to write if I had to do it long hand or on an old typewriter. I know some writers prefer that, but I'm constantly changing things when I write so the computer is best for me. But as I go about my day I'm often scribbling down notes on anything that comes to hand.

     

    Gillian: What authors do you read?

     

    Kate: My heroes are: Jon Breakfield, Elmore Leonard and Wilkie Collins.

     

    Gillian: What is your favourite genre?

     

    Kate: I don't really have one..,I enjoy reading all different things. But I do quite like detective and suspense novels. I like Wilkie Collins because his novels are full of suspense but at the same time are concerned with the plight of women and social & domestic issues of his day.

     

    Gillian: Do you find the writing process painful? If so, what tricks do you use to get it going?

     

    Kate: To write it down physically, yes, I do find that painful because I'm never, ever happy with how it's coming out and time is always an issue. To write in my head comes easy. I would love to just dictate it to a secretary! I'm sure it would be easier. However, when sitting at my computer I find a large G&T often helps! My son also makes me endless playlists so I listen to music a lot. My story about Kate has a definite sound track.
    When I was writing, I imagined the soundtrack to the movie of the book. (A girl can dream!)
    Usually, I just get into writing when it's time to cook dinner or my husband has lost his keys or the dog needs walking or something else I have to leave the computer for! It's very frustrating!

     

    Gillian: What got you writing in the first place?

     

    Kate: I started writing at about 10 years of age. It was a way of escaping. I didn't have a particularly happy childhood and so I escaped by writing stories in my head. I invented characters and on the long walk home from school there would be another episode of their story playing in my head. Later, I started writing it down. Over the years it became apparent to me that writing was very cathartic. Whatever I came up against in life, if I wrote it all down I felt able to deal with it. A few years ago, I picked up a writing magazine in the newsagent and there was a competition for a short story. I entered it without telling anyone and much to my surprise, I won. I thought maybe there was a chance I might be able to do this. So I sent off short stories to different magazines and a few got accepted. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and persuaded a local newspaper to let me do restaurant reviews. So I did a few of those. I was hugely interested in script writing and that's when I stumbled across Jon and his course. I cashed in my premium bonds to help pay for it. But I wouldn't tell him I cleaned for a living because I felt ashamed about it and because when people hear you 'clean' they assume you do it because you have the IQ of a dented kettle. When I finally told him he said he'd cleaned for a living once and why would he think any less of me? I have an online store now, but I still clean.

     

    Gillian: What's next in your life?

     

    Kate: I want to just keep writing. I've been so privileged to be coached by Jon Breakfield and I've had so much support from him. I want to make them proud of me, I guess. So to carry on writing and come out with another book would be great.

     

    Gillian: If you could have one wish, what would it be?

     

    Kate: This is a hard one. Obviously, I should say world peace! But really what I would wish for is for my family to be happy and healthy.

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    Gillian Grant interviews: Jon Breakfield about his new thriller Death by Glasgow

    Gillian: Thank you for inviting me to the Horseshoe Pub in the heart of Glasgow. What made you turn to a life of crime?

     

    Jon: No matter what the genre, as a writer I've always had one foot in the gutter...and along the way I've hung out in many a salubrious locale, so it was no giant leap from the gutter to crime writing. Scotland is a major player in the Crime Fiction game and, by living in Glasgow, I stuck to what I know and it all came together.

     

    Gillian: The main duo in DEATH by GLASGOW, Sharkey & Lyon-Jones...are we liable to bump into the real two on Buchanan Street?

     

    Jon: (laughing) You could well. Sharkey is a mix of a former Detective with Strathclyde Police in Glasgow and my brother who was a US Marine. That, plus a pinch and dash of the people I meet...even on Buchanan Street. I love to sit in cafes when I'm writing. I feed off the energy around me as well as draw inspiration from the myriad of personalities that come and go; so watch out next time you are sitting sipping on your favourite beverage.

     

    Gillian: Your heroine Lyon-Jones is a major player in your thriller. Was it difficult writing from a female's view point, especially one who is a follower of fashion.

     

    Jon: No, I've always felt that you have to become that character; you have to get in their head whether it be a male, female or serial killer. Women will often react differently especially under stress. In a previous life, I studied acting and you learn to grow into the skin of your character. That plus a lot of research and a few poignant questions to my wife about the latest designer shoes helped to fill in the details.

     

    Gillian: Who were your major literary influences?

     

    Jon: I am a huge fan of James Herriot for his story telling and humour. I admire and read anything written by Bill Bryson, the man is a genius. When it comes to the world of the crime thriller, Ian Rankin is a master with the written word. I also love Alison Bruce for her ability to weave story lines and Lee Weeks who isn't afraid to scare us.

     

    Gillian: What's next on your horizon?

     

    Jon: I'm well on the way to writing the sequel to DEATH by GLASGOW. The foundation has been poured and the walls are up. I can't give too much away now but our dynamic duo Sharkey and Lyon-Jones will be there.

    May I ask you a question, Gillian?

     

    Gillian: Shoot.

     

    Jon: Since we are at the Horse Shoe, how 'bout a pint and a pie?

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  • Submissions

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