JH McCullough was born in Belfast. He worked for many years in international development in a variety of roles, including Managing Director of a UK international health consultancy firm; Diplomat; Regional Director, Africa for a Canadian NGO; and manager for international aid projects in health and education. During that time, he lived and worked extensively in West Africa as well as other regions of the world. An active musician since his teenage years, he has performed in diverse venues from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, taking in the Cairo Opera House and the old Cafe-Theatre, Dakar along the way. He holds a BA degree in the arts, an MA in management and a Diploma in Economics. A Virtuous Killer is his debut novel.