Interview with Graeme Ing

What do your fans mean to you?
For me, it's all about the reader. I can enjoy my worlds and stories in my head, but what motivates me to spend thousands of hours writing and polishing a book is so that readers can enjoy it too. I love to hear from readers: learn what they liked, their interpretations of my characters, their questions about my worlds. It's amazing what insight I can gain from that. I appreciate every person who takes the time to read my books, and hope they believe it was time well spent.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am polishing a dark fantasy about a necromancer. I hope it will break the usual cliches. He's cocky, sarcastic but definitely a hero. Along with his feisty female apprentice, he becomes embroiled in a sinister plot that threatens to kill tens of thousands. It's a tale of determination and love in the face of adversity, of betrayal, forgiveness, and other good stuff. Look for it in 2014.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. I must have been about 8 and it was a story about a young boy and his parents sailing around the world. Plenty of sea monsters, pirates and huge storms. I wish I had kept a copy. I recall my teacher loving that adventure yarn. I'm sure it was horribly cliched, with no plot, no suspense, no character development... but I was 8, so give me a break. :)
What genres do you write in?
My debut book was fantasy, and most of my books will fall into this broad genre. Join me for the ride and you'll see some sci-fi too, some cyberpunk, steampunk, paranormal, urban fantasy and other bizarre offshoots. As long as the worlds are interesting and the characters unique and entertaining, then I'll probably dabble in it at some point. Overall I would label myself as a spec-fic author.
Describe your desk
Pride of place is my 27" iMac which is a joy to use. Scattered around it are usually plot outlines, lots of notes and a stack of sheets providing me with an outline of every scene as I write or edit. I'm very anal about ordering my information: Numerous lists, scene breakdowns and spreadsheets. It's the engineer in me. I keep a good dictionary and thesaurus at hand. Ironically, the rest of my desk is a total mess of random stuff. Often one of my cats stretches out between the keyboard and monitor, and the silly things insist on helping me edit.
What are your favourite scenes to write?
Dialog. I enjoy a well-crafted repartee and try very hard to bring out the nature of the character in their words. I strive for pages of dialog where it is so obvious who is speaking that dialog tags like "he said" are unnecessary. I haven't reached that stage yet. One of my favourites is when two characters are not on the same page and are actually having two different conversations at the same time. I see that a lot in real life and strive to mimic it.

I'm also a sucker for a sad scene. If I can make myself cry while I write it then I trust that it is emotionally powerful enough for the reader.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne McCaffrey wins hands down considering that I have read almost every book she ever wrote, and that's a lot. The Dragonriders of Pern books are without doubt my favourite of all time. I also love the gritty, urban fantasy of Fritz Leiber and Steven Brust. Zelazny's Amber series is iconic in my view. I grew up reading Heinlein, Asimov, A.C. Clarke, so they have to count as favourites. Elizabeth Moon's Vatta series is entertaining space opera. To round out the list: Ian Banks, Tolkien, David Eddings, George RR Martin, Douglas Adams, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling...
What are the best Indie books you've read this year?
Two series:

Hugh Howey's "Silo saga". A highly original dystopian - and no zombies.

Christine Rain's "13th Floor". Quick-read novellas with well developed and bizarre characters.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. When I travel I use my Kindle for battery life reasons. At home I use the Kindle app on my iPad, for greater screen area.
Do you believe paper books will go extinct?
Absolutely not. There is something friendly and warming about a physical book, especially a hardcover. Reading one is a sensory experience: The weight of the cover, the thickness of the pages, the smell of the ink. They're great to collect: There is nothing like a library filled with shelves of books up to the ceiling. There will always be a demand for them.

Will we buy them from large book chains? Probably not. Maybe we'll return to cozy independent book stores. Maybe books will all become print on demand, and I predict we will see such print machines inside those independent book stores. Print your book and get it signed by the author, hot off the press. Physical books are part of our culture even if they eventually become niche or special editions, much like vinyl records are today.
Published 2013-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Mayhem in the Air
Series: Elements of Untethered Realms, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,810. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
From bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead.
Twisted Earths
Series: Elements of Untethered Realms, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 50,210. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
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Twisted Earths is a collection of nine tales from Untethered Realms, a group of speculative fiction authors. Stories by Angela Brown, River Fairchild, Gwen Gardner, Misha Gerrick, Graeme Ing, M. Pax, Christine Rains, Cherie Reich, and Catherine Stine.