Michael Gallagher

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Michael Gallagher is the author of two series of novels set in Victorian times. Send for Octavius Guy chronicles the attempts of fourteen-year-old Gooseberry—reformed master pickpocket—to become a detective, aided and abetted by his ragtag bunch of friends. The Involuntary Medium follows the fortunes of young Lizzie Blaylock, a girl who can materialize the spirits of the dead, as she strives to come to terms with her unique gift.
For twenty-five years Michael taught adults with learning disabilities at Bede, a London-based charity that works with the local community. He now writes full time. Find him online on Facebook, on Twitter @seventh7rainbow, and at his website michaelgallagherwrites.com. Follow Octavius Guy @sendforOctavius.

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Michael Gallagher One morning about six months ago, I opened my front door only to find a doormat sitting there where no doormat had sat before. It was semi-circular in…moreOne morning about six months ago, I opened my front door only to find a doormat sitting there where no doormat had sat before. It was semi-circular in shape, made from coconut fibres, neither very new nor very old, slightly worn, but only slightly. I was shocked: inside my apartment everything seemed familiar; outside, everything appeared to have changed. I live in a tower block, and my immediate thought was that this was the handiwork of my neighbour’s two children. I left it where it was, expecting its rightful owner to come and retrieve it; it was, after all, quite distinctive in its own way. Days passed—weeks—and still it sat there unclaimed. I eventually came up with a theory: some kind person who’d moved out of the block, having no further use for it, had found it a new home. In the dead of night. As silent as a thief. Of course that was the explanation. What else could it be? #MysteryWeek(less)
Michael Gallagher Send for Ocatvius Guy #4: Oh, No, Octavius! (Octavius Guy and the Case of the Quibbling Cleric)
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Top tips for writers – photo courtesy of BushkoWe’ve all seen them, haven’t we? “Ten Top Tips to Improve Your Writing”. While I’m not about to make a list of my own, I will happily distil for you what these generally include:









1. Write in the active voice and avoid the passive.
2. Use fewer adjectives.
3. Avoid adverbs; choose verbs instead that describe the action.
4. Vary the lengths of your sentences.
5. Vary your sentence constructions.
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