Today, I have an interview with Graham Guy, fellow indie author:
So, who is Graham Guy?
After a series of bizarre and improbable coincidences threw me into the world of film-making I soon realised that in order to make films I would have to have scripts. Despite having no intentions of ever becoming a writer I therefore started producing occasional screenplays, some of which I then turned into either short or full-length films. Several people asked me if writing was where I saw my career going, but I continued to deny this, insisting that my writing was only a means to a more film-related end. When, however, it was pointed out to me that with more than a dozen screenplays to my name and a fair number of short stories (along with the occasional poem) my insistence that I was not a writer was starting to look a bit implausible I finally admitted to myself that maybe I was a writer, and maybe I actually enjoyed it.
A couple of the screenplays that I had written turned out to be more suited to the book format than film, and so as an experiment I took the basis of one of these - Through the Square Window - and re-wrote it from scratch into my first novel. Much to my surprise it was received well and people actually started buying it, so I started writing more. My second book “AB: Abnocto Bibere” was published in Jan 2012 and I’m now working on the next two.
Although it may not sound like an ideal training ground for a writer who pens stories about vampires, a background in engineering, science, and quality assurance, has proven invaluable. I am very used to analysing things to find out how they work then writing about them in a way that people can (hopefully) understand. Even my old school motto “Know the Reason” helped to drum this into me and it’s how I approach everything.
The genres I like to read are also the ones I like to write. I grew up on Agatha Christie, Arthur C Clarke, and Isaac Asimov, so perhaps Crime and Sci-Fi / Fantasy is not too surprising. I try to keep my writing accessible and relatively light as not everyone wants to read the ‘darkest’ or the ‘most shocking’ book ever, but that’s not to say that I don’t challenge a few conventions along the way. Some of my writing has already started to garner controversy, and to be honest I wouldn’t have it any other way.