Meet the authors currently published by Zertex Media

Barry J. Hutchison

Books: Space Team series, Dan Deadman series, The Sidekicks Initiative, World Killer

Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Barry wanted to be an author from the age of nine. It took him a while, but he finally had his first books published by HarperCollins in 2010, and has gone on to write over 120 books for a variety of publishers.

Barry founded Zertex Media in order to publish his own science fiction comedy series, Space Team. The series has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, and led to the Dan Deadman Space Detective spin-off series, as well as a range of merchandise and an upcoming comic book.

A lifetime lover of comics, Barry also ‘writes the Sidekicks’ series – a comedy superhero series about three former sidekicks who are dragged out of retirement to save the world from the villain who murdered their superpowered former mentors. You can visit Barry’s website at

J.D. Kirk

Books: DCI Jack Logan series, Robert Hoon Series, DI Heather Filson Series

JD Kirk was the first author signed to Zertex Media’s crime and thriller imprint, Zertex Crime. His first novel, A Litter of Bones, was published in May 2019 and, at the time of writing (August 2019), has not yet dropped out of the top 150 in Amazon’s Kindle chart, and is regularly #1 in Scottish Crime Fiction.

His second novel, Thicker Than Water, which continues the story of DCI Jack Logan, has performed equally as well, and has won him fans from all over the world. Australians seem particularly keen on him, with his books regularly gracing the Amazon top 10 down under.

Find out more about JD Kirk at or visit him on Facebook.

Jessica Burnley

Books: The Lachart Isle Series

Jessica Burnley is the newest addition to the Zertex Media stable of writers, and has already had readers laughing out loud at her ‘Lachart Isle’ romantic comedy series, of which two books have currently been published.

A third Lachart Isle novel will be published in 2023, rounding out the trilogy. We can’t wait to take a journey back to the ruggedly romantic island off the West Coast of Scotland to find out what Jessica’s characters have been up to since we last met them.

Jessica lives in the West of Scotland, where she enjoys exploring the hills and glens with her dog, and regularly tripping over her cat. 


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