Friday, 23 September 2016

Getting To Know...Graham Smith

Today on Getting To Know... I have the absolutely fabulous Graham Smith, author of Snatched From Home

You have written books in a couple of genres but your most recent, Snatched From Home, is a crime fiction. Is there anything in particular that draws you to this genre?

I’ve loved crime fiction since the age of eight and love it for the twists, mysteries, suspense and general drama.

Did you do a lot of research into the police procedure side of your novel?

I do as little as I can get away with. One or two of my writing friends are cops or ex-cops so when I need to do some real research I call them up for a blether.

The main character of Snatched From Home is DI Harry Evans, is there any of you in his character? If so which bits?

I couldn’t possibly comment on any similarities between me and a bald man who drives too fast, drinks too much, swears a lot and generally creates mayhem wherever he goes. If pushed I’d say he has my sense of justice.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Not really. Authordom came to me later in life although there was a horrific attempt in my teens to write a Hardy Boys type story.

When you'e writing is there anything you do to get into the right frame of mind or to set the right mood?

Not really. Other than having a smoke and a pee before I start there’s no real ritual. If I’m pissed off, I tend not to write as every one of my characters gets killed to death in the most sweary way possible. Then once I’ve calmed down, I have to resurrect the characters and remove all the profanity.

When you're not writing what would we find you doing?

Reading, spending time with my wife and son or working. (my day job is that of hotel manager for a Gretna Green wedding venue)

Do you have a favourite author?

I have too many writer friends to fully answer that question without upsetting someone so I’ll simply say yes.

Do you have any talents other than writing?

I’m so good at football I’ve won trophies for darts.

What is your favourite thing about being an author?

Meeting a reader who loves my work. I such a warm fuzzy feeling when I learn someone else enjoys listening to the voices in my head.

What can we look forward to from you in the future? Will we see more of DI Harry Evans?

Harry will feature in a novella – Matching the Evidence – in September and a full novel in October – I Know Your Secret. After that he’s taking some time off to swear at people and then I’ll be back to work on book three in the series which has a provisional title of When the Waters Recede

Thank you very much to Graham for answering my questions amongst his super busy schedule!

To connect with Graham

Twitter - @GrahamSmith1972

Matching The Evidence is now available!

Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically, DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.

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