John Galligan

How They Came to Us

In the simplest way: John was referred to Joanna by a mutual friend.  But the fact that John and Joanna hit it off was what really sealed the deal.  Joanna was immediately drawn to John’s writing and the complex, flawed characters he portrays.  They also bonded over their love of the Midwest, which both of them now call home, and would spend just as much time discussing Midwestern identity as they would discussing edits for John’s stories.  


John Galligan’s debut novel, Red Sky, Red Dragonfly (2000), set in Japan, impressed critics as “one of the best first novels and one of the most authentic fictional evocations of this country and its people [this reviewer has] ever read” (The Daily Yomiuri) and a “humorous and original tale spanning two continents…a winner” (Japan Times). His series of mysteries includes The Nail Knot (2003), “a real treat” (Library Journal); The Blood Knot, a “superbly told tale” (Kirkus) and a Crime Spree Magazine 2005 Book of the Year; The Clinch Knot (2008), a “stunning excursion into the wilds of human frailty” (Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly); and The Wind Knot(2011) “Galligan’s  anti-hero – and this novel – is easy to love” (Wisconsin State Journal). He lives and teaches college writing in Madison, Wisconsin.

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