Graham Wilson

Biography

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published eight 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 scheduled for release in late 2015. A preview of the first part is currently available on this site.

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.

In his non writing life he is a veterinarian working with farmers, as well as wild animals and in conservation across Australia

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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Graham Wilson online


Where to buy in print


Books

Sunlit Shadow Dance
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming. Pre-release—available October 1, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,360. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A girl appears on an aboriginal community in far north Queensland. She has no memory of any life before, no one knows her. Who is she and where has she come from? She looks like Susan, she sounds like Susan, but her name is Jane. Her past life is an unknown place from where she knows no one.
Lost Girls
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 101,910. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Four passports are found of girls who vanished in Australia. The girl who found them has disappeared too. Who are these girls? Where have they gone? A diary and search in Australia and across the world give tiny glimpses and fragments, but their stories remain elusive. The police search, friends and families search and grieve in alternate measure, but five girls remain gone, their fate unknown.
Devil's Choice
Series: Old Balmain House, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,610. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Inspirational
A parents worst nightmare. A small child with an incurable disease and a father who served in Vietnam and blames himself for her illness. The family is torn apart. Finally only one choice remains to save the daughter's life, a Devil's Choice.
The Empty Place
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,220. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00)
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
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,710. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.75)
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. She becomes engaged to another man but her past returns to haunt her. She must read the diary of her former lover, she must decide her unborn child's fate
Just Visiting
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 82,420. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00)
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
Series: Old Balmain House, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 62,140. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.50)
NaNoWriMo 2013 book. Last updated 2013-11-27 20:01:26
Goal reached!
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
Price: Free! Words: 141,680. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.67)
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
Series: Old Balmain House, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,040. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.67)
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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