Rachel Thompson

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

#Author J.B. McCauley Shares An #Excerpt of His Debut Novel @MccauleyJay #Thriller

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Have you developed a specific writing style? I write like I speak. Contemporary London style but in way that creates small montages of pictures.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? Honesty.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Yes. For two weeks couldn’t find a credible connection between two events. It came to me eventually in a dream.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Yes.

The Mile End Mambo


He held him in his arms and looked into the glassy eyes. Yellow flecks dotted the cornea. This boy was dead a long time before Roger had run him through. He knew the look. Too much top shelf and not enough down time.
The body from which life dramatically seeped away began to convulse. It would not be a Hollywood death. It would be a harsh demise for this gangster. Unexpected but unavoidable. He had stepped on the wrong toes and nobody touched Roger’s patch. 
The big screen had always glamorised death but there was nothing glamorous about having a gaping 12-inch gash where your stomach had once been. Roger’s white shirt was splattered with blood and sputum. He noted to himself with an air of cold detachment that he would have to dispose of it later. The boy soldier’s back arched in agony. A gurgling noise rushed from his throat and then he was gone.
Roger put his arm underneath the boy’s knees and slowly lifted him from the red morass that had filled the doorway. He cradled him in his arms and walked slowly along the pavement. A young couple averted their gaze as he struggled with the limp body. They knew not to look. This was after all the witching hour in the East End. What you don’t see, you can’t tell. He turned the corner and moved into another shop doorway. It was a Dixon’s electrical shop exalting the latest stereos and TV’s.

Roger placed the body carefully on the ground. He took one final look at what 10 minutes ago had been the epitome of arrogance, bravery and youth, then left. He walked quickly to the edge of Walters Street, turned into Burden and darted through a now deserted car park and onto Rially. He saw a red telephone box just up from Dunston Road. He opened the door and tried to ignore the stench of piss and shit. He dialled the number and waited patiently for the connection.


His rich baritone West-Indian voice caressed the receiver.

“Yeah, he’s in Dixon’s shopfront on Walters Street.” He paused, digesting the question on the other end of the line.

“Yeah he’s dead. Dead as a door nail. See you at home.”

With that, he hung up the phone and disappeared into the night. His red Rasta beanie swaying as he loped through the shadows. The victim wouldn’t be missed. Roger had nothing to fear. The status quo had been maintained and an example had been made.

Most of all, Rudi would be pleased.

How did you come up with the title? It is my DJ pseudonym and was a gift from a friend

Do you plan to publish more books? If this one sells enough it will allow me time to start one very soon. Otherwise the next one will be a very long process.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I cannot reveal that to you. It is very secret squirrel undercover work.
What other jobs have you had in your life? So many its ridiculous. Nightclub owner. DJ. Journalist. Radio host. Gardener. International finance dealer. Bouncer. Barman. Scriptwriter.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? History
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?  I am where I want to be. Australia is beautiful but I wouldn’t mind spending time in Paris again or the French Pyrenees. I love that region.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Computer at a desk. I have tried using dictation to type software but the words don’t seem to flow at the right pace.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? From all those that care to listen.

King of Sunday Morning

The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been. 

Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life. 

But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules. 

Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong. 

“I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch” 


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Genre – Thriller, Action, Suspense, Gangster, Crime, Music
Rating – PG-18
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