Greg Gountanis is a mystery author and practicing attorney. 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. Amongst all that studying, his love of reading and the written word never let up. His flash fiction piece “City of Angels” appeared in Long Story Short, and his flash fiction piece “The Eulogy of Suzie Q” appeared in the Adroit Journal. Greg’s debut novel The Night Contract features wrongfully convicted heavyweight boxing champ Lance Gedrin.
When he’s not writing, Greg enjoys being in a courtroom. He works as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago, zealously advocating for the rights of underprivileged populations accused of crime. To connect with Greg and get the latest updates on his writing, exclusive material, and giveaways, sign up for his newsletter or 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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Is The Night Contract going to be part of a series?
Greg is fond of Lance Gedrin and foresees more adventures with him.
How old is Gedrin?
Out of his teen years but not yet in his senile years.
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.
How do I get an agent?
Look at the acknowledgements section of the books that fit your genre and find the author’s agent. Most agents have a website with their submission requirements. Start there and build a list. Also, check out helpful sites like The Guide to Literary Agents Blog and Agent Query. Polish a query letter and have your manuscript in the best shape possible before submitting to agents.
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