Interview with Graeme Bourke

Where did you grow up and why did you start writing.
I grew up on the North West Coast of Tasmania and fishing for trout was one of my main hobbies. The idea for my first book "Come Fly Fish With Me" came from my initial journey into fly fishing which was taken from a diary I kept at the time. While this book is printed in hard copy a revised edition will eventually become available as an ebook. Like a lot of people I always had the idea in my head to write a book but never seemed to get around to it, this was my first publication. Feed back from readers was in the positive which then encouraged me to do some more writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think what really motivated me to become an indie author was the simplicity of it. In other words it was easy to set up and upload at no cost. Also, rather than write endless letters and submissions to publishers that took up a lot of my time and energy, and there was no guarantee that they would even look at your submission, I could publish an ebook myself which at least put my work out there. I think I also recognised that this was a new avenue for writers, something that I could keep under control and be the master of my own destiny as far as writing went.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I suppose the answer to this question is another question, what is success? To some it might mean a fat bank account to others it could be as simple as having their work out there for people to read. While my bank account is not overflowing, I count my success by the reviews I recieve on my work. Positive reviews give me a sense of achievement and the confidence to know that I am doing something right with my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is in developing a character and not knowing where I am really going with a story. Sometimes the character dominates my writing and takes on a life of his or her own, which to me, brings out the creativity in me. Of course I always have a shell of an idea, but I never let this command my writing. To me this is the exciting part of writing, the not knowing is as good as reading a suspense novel.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me, they are my lifeblood, my critics, for with out them I would not know that my writing is up to par. I love feedback from my readers, it is an essential part of writing and I always listen to what they have to say.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am writing a three book story called "The Shadow Walker and the Orphan" a tale set in another time where people lived by the sword. The orphan is a girl called Mica who was rescued by a warrior as a small girl when her parents were slain by the Lothians. She swears revenge on those who killed her parents and trains with the sword until she becomes a master. Aided by a legend, The Shadow Walker, she seeks revenge on those who slew her parents, she is also on a quest to find out who her parents were and who she is. The first two books have been completed and are at the editing stage. I am currently writing the third. I hope to put these up as ebooks in the new year.
Who are your favorite authors?
I do like Bernard Cornwells writing, especially his Sharpe series. They have everything, intrigue, bravado, danger and a sprinkling of romance. Any authors who write with these ingredients I like.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing my favourite pastime is fishing. I like to fish for the wily trout in the central highlands of Tasmania. This also involves camping out which I also enjoy. I also chase the local fish, the Australian salmon in and around the river mouths on the north west coast on the fly. It is my time out, my relaxation.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and it is still on my computer. It was my first piece of fiction, in fact science fiction. I'm afraid it doesn't meet the standards I now set for myself. I may retrieve it one day and rewrite it.
What is your writing process?
I usually write in the mornings. I give myself a quota to write each morning, each day and each week. This allows me to stay on track. I always have an idea, but sometimes I have that age old problem of writers block, so I like to have two stories running at the same time. This way I still end up with my quota. I often find that when I am driving long distances to go fishing, ideas pop up into my head. I never try to push myself as the solution always seemes to come to me eventually.
How do you approach cover design?
This is always a problem to a certain degree, sometimes I design my own. I have friend who is graphic artist who has designed some of my covers for me. A few of of my covers I am happy with, some I am not. I am in the process of redesigning a couple of them, but it all takes time and effort. Digital copies on the net never seemed to be exactly what you want. I really need to explore other options, I would like to find a professional designer who will work within a reasonable budget. I usually have a fair idea what I want for a cover, what I want to portray. The beauty of ebooks is that it is so easy to redesign your cover and upload it, this is one of the great advantages of ebooks.
Published 2013-08-21.
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