About Greg

Greg Gountanis is the author of The Lance Gedrin Mystery Series. His writing has received much praise for its wit and grit and readers agree that Gedrin is the perfect hero for our times: a rugged boxing champ who loves conflict and rights wrongs whenever he finds trouble. Greg received his B.A. in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. When he’s not writing, Greg posts weekly videos on his Youtube Channel, motivating writers on their writing journey. Greg also enjoys being in a courtroom, where he remains a practicing attorney, zealously advocating for the rights of the underprivileged as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago. To connect with Greg and get the latest updates on his writing, exclusive material, and giveaways, sign up for his newsletter and follow him on social media.


Is Greg Gountanis a pen name?

Does Greg respond to fan mail?
Yes! See the Contact page.

How can I get updates on Greg’s writing?
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How many books are going to be in the Lance Gedrin Series? 
Greg is fond of Lance Gedrin and foresees many more adventures with him.

Can I read the Lance Gedrin Series in any order? 
While each Lance Gedrin mystery stands on its own, readers who start from the very beginning will more fully appreciate Gedrin’s quirks and character development.

How old is Gedrin?
Out of his teen years but not yet in his senile years.

Who publishes the Lance Gedrin Series?
Greg publishes the Gedrin novels under his own publishing imprint, Rowdy Books.

Why are the Gedrin novels independently published?
Greg values creative freedom. The ability to control the rights, branding, and marketing of the Gedrin universe fully complements Greg’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Are independently published novels as good as traditionally published novels?
Yes. Story is king, but the way that story is presented often influences a reader’s opinion of the whole product. A great team goes a long way in traditional publishing, and independent publishing is no different. Greg’s team includes beta readers, editors, proofreaders, and cover designers to make every Gedrin novel shine.

Is Greg still a lawyer?
Yes, in addition to his writing, Greg is still a practicing attorney in Chicago. He works as an Assistant Public Defender, where he zealously advocates for the rights of underprivileged populations accused of crime.

Can Greg give me legal advice about my case?
No. This website is for his writing only and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Also, since Greg is a public defender, he cannot be hired, and he cannot give legal advice to non-clients. He is appointed by the Court to represent indigent clients who cannot afford legal services. Any emails received regarding legal matters will be promptly discarded.

Can Greg critique my manuscript?
No. Greg cannot critique manuscripts. If he were to do so, he wouldn’t have time to write! Greg suggests joining a critique group or finding beta readers to get a fresh set of eyes on your material.

What advice does Greg have for aspiring writers?
Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Discipline is key. Develop a consistent writing routine. Write every day, and over time you will improve. Check out Greg’s Youtube Channel where he releases weekly videos motivating writers on their writing journey.

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