Interview with Graham Hiam

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have so many ideas running around in my mind and need an avenue to escape. Writing gives me an outlet to get away from the pressures of life and to explore my imagination. I also like to combine real with imagined and this is a way of doing it without getting into trouble!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made becoming an author easy. I never would have done this had I had to pursue usual publishing routes. Time and energy saved can go into the work writing. The pride you see when your book is published on line is pretty good.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to put out there the imagined world. It is a release and escape from daily life.
What do your fans mean to you?
It'd be great to have some, so I'm looking forward to this!
What are you working on next?
A different crime investigation style novel incorporating ambition, sport, performance enhancing topics and risks and pitfalls of such competitive arenas.
Who are your favorite authors?
I admire all people who have the nerve to publish. Lynda Le Plante and Raymond E Feist as well as Douglas Adams
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My work and my beautiful family. That and the fear of failure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching sport, running half marathons and spending time with the family
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Pure luck or referrals from friends or book reviews.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This one, Pandora's Murder Templates!
What is your writing process?
Thought bubbles pop into my mind that just gel together. That and real life crime on the news each night...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Dr Seuss' Green eggs and ham, maybe, otherwise cant recall.
How do you approach cover design?
From the story line that inspires and searching the web for design leads.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy series.
Lynda Le Plante novels
The Davinci Code
A brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkings
Raymond E Feist.
Variety of topics and Genres and they are well written. Plus I love physics and science.
What do you read for pleasure?
See last answer and the newspapers
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'll tell you when I'm successful!!
Describe your desk
A mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Suburban Melbourne. Your formative years shape you in many ways, not sure how this influenced the writing, I've never murdered...
When did you first start writing?
What time is it?
What's the story behind your latest book?
Crime and mystery keep coming into mind so I turned it into a novel.
Published 2016-01-29.
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Books by This Author

Really Good 'Really Bad Dad Jokes'
You set the price! Words: 4,600. Language: Australian English. Published: February 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A non-stop Dad Joke-a-thon with pages of funny and cringe-worthy jokes that any Dad can be proud of. This book will provide you with all the ammunition you need to fire off a barrage of wickedly funny and embarrassing one liners and jokes. Also included is a series of the best excuses people give to police when they are caught committing traffic offences. Heaps of laughs for everyone
Pandora's Murder Templates
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,170. Language: Australian English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A retired detective becomes a suspect after having dreams of unsolved murders he investigated that turn out to be live visions of new murders replicating the unsolved cases. More copy cat killings occur leading to corruption and links to a sect honoring Greek Mythology being uncovered. A fast moving, tension filled story of unexpected twists keeps you guessing to the end.