Interview with David Graffham

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Very good question! I think I have always dreamed of having a book published but in all honesty the situation as it was years ago meant that the only real way in was through publishing houses. My confidence in my writing back then coupled with the likelihood of rejection letter after rejection letter probably put me off writing seriously for publication. I just didn't feel that anything I put on the page would ever be good enough for consideration, let alone publication!
Indie publishing has helped many authors possibly get over that fear and just go for it with their stories and put them out there. Let the fans decide if something is good enough! Its an incredibly powerful and fulfilling position to be in when the choice is literally yours to put something out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read but I do recall that from a very early age I loved Roald Dahl books! Danny, Champion of the World I'm pretty sure was one of the first and I could not get enough of Roalds stories after that. Those books couldn't help but fire the imagination!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Positivity and the knowledge that tomorrow is in no way guaranteed. I guess my mindset is to make the most of each day and any situation and just enjoy the ride! If I can bring a little sparkle and smile along the way then that's all good.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design was always a labour of love for me right from the beginning of my first book. I was torn between not having enough money for a professional design and knowing the limits of my design skills! I think in my defence I was particularly self critical of my design of the Ghost Track:Melissa cover and tweaked so many little different aspects of it. I think the end result wasn't bad at all but I would say in the future a professional design will certainly be a priority.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Hmmm...well I would have to be completely honest and say that as more of a traditional print kind of guy, I have only read a few ebooks. They were on my tablet. Frankly the feel and smell just didn't do it for me over print! Give me a bookshop any day of the week!
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 7! I recall writing a sequel to 'Return of the Jedi' I was, like many other kids of that era, massivley hooked on the Star Wars films!
As I remember my story mixed the Star Wars world with our own!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book 'Ghost Track: Judas Kiss' is the follow up to my first book. In comparison to the first, this book is played out a considerably faster pace. It gets into the characters pasts and there are some great reveals as to why they are the types of persons we see now. They'll face a lot of demons and danger. But there is a love story or two as well! And in the words of James Bond, someone usually dies!
Describe your desk
Full of notebooks and a fair few pens littered around it at the moment!
Published 2016-08-26.
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