Graham Wilson

Biography

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published six books, published by Smashwords.

The first, a novel called "The Old Balmain House" is based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where he 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 real locatons 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 she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society.

Graham has also written a family memoir "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope." 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.

He has also written the first three of a series of five novels based in Outback Australia, called the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series. The first novel "Just Visiting." tells the story of an English backpacker 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 the main character being placed on trial for murder. The third book, "The Empty Place" is about the struggle of the main character 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. Two further books in 2015 will conclude this series, "The Lost Girls" and "Where Sunlit Shadows Dance."

Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain"

In his non writing life he is a wildlife veterinarian working with zoo animals and on national parks.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Sony E Reader, now 3 years old. I like the idea of publishing to devices using the epub platform. It works really well.

However as my son has just got a Kindle which I also like I may buy one of these shortly as I like the night reading feature.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As yet my marketing has been extremely limited, as I have put most of my attention into polishing and revising my work to get it to as high a standard as possible.

The people who have bought my books to date have fallen into two groups.
1. Australians who know some of the people and places I know and share my love for these places and their stories
2. People from the other side of the world - US, Canada, England and even continental Europe. I have no idea what draws these people to read my novels set in Australia, but it is extremely gratifying when these unknown people from other cultures read what I have written and I hope they gain enjoyment from doing so.

I am now looking at targeted marketing in two areas - in the inner west Sydney area around Balmain as this forms a setting of my Old Balmain House novel series and secondly in the towms and communtiies of the remote outback of Australia, places like Broome, Darwin, Kakadu, Borooloola, and Alice Srongs as these are the places of which I write and hope these people will enjoy the stories - people such as those who work in mining towns, cattle stations and aboriginal communities.

As to how to market effectively to the rest of the world I really don't have a clue, but I hope their are people out there who keep discovering and reading what I have written.
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Where to find Graham Wilson online


Books

The Empty Place
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Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 73,220. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An English backpacker is on trial for murder in Australia . The tabloids say she killed her lover and fed his body to crocodiles.She refuses to say what happened. She is trapped inside her mind in a place of horror and emptiness. Only one person knows and can help her. But he and his helicopter have vanished in the place that the locals call The Empty Place. Her only escape is to end her life
The Diary
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Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,710. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
A fisherman finds a unidentified head in a waterhole in Northern Australia. What first appeared to be a crocodile attack turns into murder. Who is this man who no one seems to know. Susan returns to England, pregnant.after her escape, now engaged to another man . Her past returns to haunt her.in memories and dreams. She must read the diary of her former lover, she must decide the child's fate.
Just Visiting
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Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 82,420. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Her hands and feet are tied and her mouth is gagged.She is a captive. She is being taken to a river full of crocodiles and she is terrified. How could it have come to this. Susan goes on an idyllic holiday in Australia, The Barrier Reef is beautiful, Sydney and Melbourne wonderful. She wants to see the Outback. An Australian man offers to take her. She likes him and goes with him.
Lizzie's Tale
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Series: Old Balmain House, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 62,140. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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In 1963 Lizzie is raped by three men in Sydney when fifteen. She becomes pregnant but is determined not to surrender her child for adoption. This is a novel about a girl from inner Sydney. Her family is poor, her father dies when she is nine and life is hard. It is story of her struggle to survive and make a life of her own, first as a prostitute, then with her child in a remote outback town.
Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope
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Price: Free! Words: 141,680. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
It was hot. There was sudden stillness in the late afternoon air and the surface of the small waterhole shone with unnatural smoothness. Fresh pig tracks at water's edge suggested pigs just gone. Two bubbles popped to the surface near the edge of the pool; just decaying vegetation, said my mind. I should have smelt crocodile! A story of a missionary family in remote aboriginal Australia.
The Old Balmain House
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Series: Old Balmain House, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,040. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows. A photo of 8 year old Sophie and an antique perfume bottle are found in the fireplace of an old house. The story of a Balmain family over 170 years. Finally they uncover what happened. Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour this is a story of this place and its people, an imagined history from early Australia to the present day

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