Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published nine books, published by Smashwords. They comprise two series, The Old Balmain House Series and the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series along with a family memoir. Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope.
The first series starts with a novel called "The Old Balmain House" based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where the author lived. Here a photo was discovered of a small girl who lived and died about 100 years ago. The book imagines the story of her life and family, based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with it's locations and and historical events providing part of the story background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale" builds on "The Old Balmain House" setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how, when she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation of the family in Lizzie's Tale. Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek the help of one of her mother's rapists' in trying to save the life of her own daughter who is inflicted with an incurable disease.
The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series comprises five novels based in Outback Australia. The first novel "Just Visiting." tells the story of an English backpacker, Susan, who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, "The Diary" follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and his diary and Susan, being placed on trial for murder. The third book, "The Empty Place" is about Susan's struggle to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. In "The Lost Girls" Susan vanishes and it tells the story of the search for her and four other lost girls whose passports were found in the possession of the man she killed. The final book in the series, "Sunlit Shadow Dance" is the story of a girl who appears in a remote aboriginal community in North Queensland, without any memory except for a name. It tells how she rebuilds her life from an empty shell and how, as fragments of the past return, with them come dark shadows that threaten to overwhelm her.
The book, "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope" is the story of the author's own life in the Northern Territory. It tells of his childhood in an aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory, one of its last frontiers. It tells of the people, danger and beauty of this place, and of its transformation over the last half century with the coming of aboriginal rights and the discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT.
Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain" and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories,
Graham writes mostly for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person chooses to download and read something he has written and write a review - good or bad, as this gives him an insight into what readers enjoy and helps him make ongoing improvements to his writing.
Many of his books are still being reviewed and further edited to improve them, and reader feedback is very important to the process. At various times he releases all of his books for free periods but, for those who don't want to wait or are happy to pay, all sales proceeds get returned to pay for the editing and publication process so that the books get better over time and thus increase people's enjoyment (It also helps to give employment to others in the writing industry who need to make a living.)
In his non writing life he is a veterinarian working with farmers, as well as wild animals and in conservation across Australia
on Dec. 30, 2014 :
This 3rd and the 2nd sequel (The Diary) in the series are even more enjoyable than the first as there are more characters and plot lines that provide a richer and more complex narrative. You are still driven on by wanting to know the outcome but it is more satisfying with the increased diversity of the journey. The enticing descriptions of the Northern Territory continue, and I am definitely looking forward to the final chapters to come in this series. Well done Graham!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2014 :
(review of free book)
on July 10, 2014 :
What a great book, this story just keeps pulling me in deeper.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 03, 2014 :
yet another wonderful book from my new favourite author. I only downloaded yesterday and stayed up late into the night reading.
A great story, well worth getting. Now I want the next book to be written
(reviewed within a week of purchase)