Grant McKenzie
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Free Short Stories on Kindle - Good promotion or not?
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The reality of a NY Times Bestseller
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Grant McKenzie — Thrills, Chills and Creepy Suspense ;-)

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East Kilbride, Scotland; Calgary, Alberta; Victoria, British Columbia
About Me:
Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing exciting, fast-paced fiction, I like to wear a toque and kilt with my six-guns. My debut novel, SWITCH, earned fantastic reviews internationally when it was published by Bantam TransWorld UK in 2009, in translation in Germany by Heyne, and in Canada by Penguin in 2010. In 2011, it was translated into Complex Chinese for Spring International Publishers of Taiwan and into Russian for AST - the largest publisher in Russia.

My second novel, No Cry For Help, was published in the UK by Bantam TransWorld in 2010. It was translated and released in Germany by Heyne in 2011.

My short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge, plus Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines, and my first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver, B.C.

As a journalist, I have worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business from the late-night “Dead Body Beat” at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada’s largest broadsheets. In between regular newspaper gigs, I have also contributed technology/humour columns to various magazines around the world. I currently reside in Victoria, British Columbia, where I am Editor-in-Chief of Monday Magazine.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Too many to list, but Robert McCammon's Boy's Life captures everything I would love to create in a novel.

How far would you go to save your family from certain death?

Would you run five traffic lights in a row? Would you destroy the career you’ve been building all your life? Would you commit murder?

Sam White is a failed actor turned night security guard who walks the empty corridors of a local Portland mall, dreaming of a life he never achieved. But when he arrives home one morning to find his house a burnt-out shell with the bodies of his wife and daughter inside, he knows he would do anything just to have his old life back. His prayers are answered when he receives a phone call from a man who claims that the bodies removed from the fire didn’t belong to his family. His wife and child are still alive and Sam can still save them. But first, he must complete a few 'simple' tasks.

Pursued by the police, Sam joins forces with Zack Parker a plastic surgeon whose life has been ripped apart by the same sadistic kidnapper. As they race to save Sam's family, they are plunged into the labyrinthine underworld of Portland, and the dark smuggling tunnels that run beneath the city.

But time is running out. To save his family, Sam must consider whether he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice ...

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Lovely Librarian

Just received a lovely email from the CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library. She wrote: "Well, my name FINALLY came up on the holds list and I just read ‘Switch’ over the weekend. Wow – what a page-turner! I have to tell you, from the very first page I was hooked! You are an amazing writer and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. It was on a limited loan period because of the number of holds waiting, so I have to admit, I was worried that I might not have time to…


Posted on March 11, 2012 at 8:16pm

To the Thief Who Stole

To the thief who stole the GPS unit from my vehicle last week, I hope it helps you find your way.

There have been many crossroads in my life where an electronic signpost would have been welcome; where the gentle nudge of a UK Samantha or U.S. Carl robotic voice was needed to sound out the best way to turn.

I have found myself at many a dead end or travelling down a road where the scenery was unfamiliar and the neighbourhood felt wrong. At those times, I have been fortunate to…


Posted on October 9, 2011 at 6:56am

German cover for NO CRY FOR HELP - Love it!

German cover for my second thriller No Cry For Help being published by Heyne in Spring 2011. Title translates as: Without A Sound. Can't wait.

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 5:59am — 3 Comments

First UK review is a rave

Awesome new review of NO CRY FOR HELP from BBC blogger Milo. "One of the most frenetic, atmospheric and imaginative books I’ve read this year . . . McKenzie, building on a solid foundation, plays the story like a concert pianist; faultless anticipation and an all engulfing plot; this is one not to be missed. Powerful stuff."… Continue

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

First interview for NO CRY FOR HELP

International Thriller Writers hosts the first interview for No Cry For Help - it was quite a journey from my debut to Book 2, but Bantam will release No Cry For Help in the UK on Nov. 11. Full interview is here:

Posted on November 2, 2010 at 4:02am — 2 Comments

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At 5:51am on December 4, 2011, Beth Groundwater said…

Hi Grant,

Thanks for befriending this fellow crime writer here as well as elsewhere! Hope we get a chance to meet in person soon.

- Beth

At 11:48pm on October 26, 2011, Neil Nyren said…
Thanks for the heads-up, Grant.
At 8:22am on October 19, 2010, Sue Harding said…
Trust you don't mind - I blogged about 'Switch' and your forthcoming new release, 'No Cry For Help'
At 9:56am on September 18, 2010, Sue Harding said…
Good-oh! Will be on the look out, then!
At 8:51am on September 18, 2010, Sue Harding said…
Hi Grant - Is 'No Cry for Help' still due for release in the UK 11/Nov?
At 5:53pm on May 1, 2010, Sue Harding said…
Thanks, Grant - good to know! Several friends I got reading Switch keep asking me when the next one is out. Will keep an eye open for your short story too - keep up the good work!
At 8:37am on May 1, 2010, Sue Harding said…
Hello, Grant.

Any progress on the follow up to 'Switch' ?
At 2:39am on January 23, 2010, Sue Harding said…
Hi, Grant! Is your next book likely to be out in the UK anytime soon? Really enjoyed 'Switch' - and so have all the folks I told to read it.....!
At 6:07am on September 20, 2009, Donna Carrick said…
Wow, Switch sounds terrific! Congrats on your work with Penguin. I'll watch for it to come out! Best in writing, Grant,
At 3:50am on May 20, 2009, Col Bury said…
Hiya, Grant,
It sounds like my kinda book. Well done and good luck with it!
Spookily, I recently reviewed William Bayer's SWITCH (from the 80s) over on The Rap Sheet's forgotten books series!

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