Born in the UK but of Irish heritage, Costello has homes in both the UK and Naples Florida, the latter, he says, is a great source of material for his books. In his late twenties, he started his own successful travel business, eventually selling out to focus on enjoying life - travelling, fishing, cooking, and writing novels. Costello says he feels more Irish than English and is very much at home in America where he and his wife Lyn have had a home for many years.
“The Irish are great storytellers and poets,” says Costello. “James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, Edna O’Brien, Brendan Behan, the list goes on. I don’t claim to be in the same class as these writers, but I enjoy writing and entertaining people with my stories.
The setting for his later novels is Naples Florida, a place Costello knows well. “There are just so many larger than life characters in Florida,” says Costello, “a rich seam for any author to mine”
When they’re not in Florida, Kerry and Lyn live in Cheshire with their dog Charlie.