Interview with Raymond Smyth

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live on 10 acres of land and it takes a great deal of time to keep it in good order. At the moment I am building a chicken coop and cutting grass, pruning fruit trees and generally gardening. Although this takes a good deal of time it does allow my imagination to roam and cover subjects which I hadn't thought of when I got out of bed.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am not greatly acquainted with modern technology, but I discovered eBooks by surfing the net and have really enjoyed those which I have read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to publish my own newspaper called The Australian Beacon. Initially it was a printed version, but it was easier to publish it by email which I did for about a year. It dealt mainly with political and religious topics. I gained quite a following on email, but I underwent heart surgery and so had to desist for some time. Back copies of the paper are still available for any who would like to read it.
What is your writing process?
I set aside one day a week dedicated to nothing else but writing. The rest of the week I use to refine ideas which enter my head and have them ready for the next writing day.
How do you approach cover design?
I have, in the past, used my own artwork which was honed in T-shirt production and when I was cartoonist for the Papua New Guinea, post courier. I have always loved to draw and paint, so I just rely on my own eyes to create a pleasing image, although from time to time I do use stock images.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Mostly my favourite books are old and usually concerning historical or religious topics. Although I appreciate books such as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson or Kidnapped by the same author. The Land is Mine by Mary Hughes is another of my favourites. One book that really shocked me was Mass Murder by Keith Alan Noble, it was not an easy read, but very well documented.
Published 2015-01-11.
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Books by This Author

The Tabernacle and the FLag
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,300. Language: British English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / General, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / History & Culture
God gave a plan to Moses that was not to be deviated from and when built it formed the tabernacle in the wilderness which still reverberates in the present day.
The Reconciling
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 113,810. Language: Australian English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A novel about the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzer and the subsequent events that brought a throne to Ireland. The reconciling of two different families separated by thousands of years and thousands of miles.