Short, Sharp Interview: Graham Smith

snatched from homePDB: What’s going on now?

GNS: Caffeine Nights have just released my debut novel Snatched from Home plus a short story collection which allows readers to meet the police team in Snatched from Home. I’m also now able to announce that Snatched is to be made into a stage play and featured as part of the Manchester Arts Fringe.

PDB: How did you research this book?

GNS: I did my research in reverse. Once the first draft was complete, I toured the locations featured and researched other details then fed the information in. Mr Google is my research assistant.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

GNS: It has to be Snatched from Home as I’ve got a real book for sale in my local bookshop. Having said that, its sequel I Know Your Secret will probably eclipse it if accepted for publication.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

GNS: Die Hard / HMS Ulysses / Welcome to the Jungle / Game of Thrones

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

GNS: It’s important to me, but it’s just one of many factors. A great location can’t rescue a poor character or lazy plotting although it can destroy a novel if patently wrong. Every element of writing is crucial and all require careful consideration to make them as good as they can be, lest the story as a whole suffers.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

GNS: Sorry what was the question? I was just checking my Amazon rankings. Joking aside, I check once every day or two.

PDB: What’s next?

GNS: I’m working on my own edits of a new series I’m hoping to have published. It is about nightclub doorman who ends up chasing a seriously twisted serial killer and is set in Utah.

True Brit Grit Guest Blog: It’s a Case of Having Good Genes! By Graham SmithBio: Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. For the last fourteen years he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com for over five years.