Interview with Graham H Kershaw

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and have always lived in Plymouth, England, a Royal Naval city in the Country's South West. My job, before illness involved ship and boat repairs, and the opening pages of book one: 'Tendrils from Heaven' are highly influenced by this, although unlike Belan in book1 I enjoyed the work I did on boats.
The South West of England also contains moorland and has a wealth of ancient stone rings and monuments all inspiring a connection to the past, and therefore the future.
When did you first start writing?
Reading and writing, in fact English as a subject didn't interest me in school until one teacher introduced my class to the school library and encouraged us all to choose a book each week. As lip service I read a few pages, picked up an enjoyable theme and soon became engrossed. I ended up reading all these books the library held, and then moved on to different subjects. My mother at this time bought part of 'Knowledge Encyclopaedia' for me, a serialised format that came in magazine form and built up volume by volume. Volume1 had a free cover, all she could afford. Still, there were many things there I found fascinating.
Upon leaving school I joined a number of friends for a life of pubs and clubs. Each Saturday afternoon we rummaged through book stores after closing time and once again I found books of interest. This time though writing them caught my attention, a seed that has continued to grow ever since.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be honest I enjoy the mornings, especially in the summer months. I am inspired by a good walk, writing stories, my voluntary work and weekend breaks. Regarding the voluntary work - it consists of training, teaching and supporting disabled and 'Learning Difficulty' adults. I run groups which include trips out. These are supported by 'Plymouth Independent Living' and sometimes involve eight week sessions on independence. As well as independence I also teach job skills to similar clients at a South West organisation called 'Pluss'.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From Smashwords, Amazon, Twitter contacts, Goodreads; anywhere such books can be found.
How do you approach cover design?
If possible I paint a scene from the book, change it to a cover design and then send it to a professional to improve.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In Fiction:
'Lord of the Rings' - mainly because these volumes inspired me to write works of my own.
I also enjoyed the 'Helliconia' trilogy by Brian Aldiss due to its planetary cycle and the way people adapted to this challenge through Helliconia's ages.
I am a lover of well written fantasy books, Two that come to mind are 'The Talisman' by Steven King and Peter Straub due to its breath of landscape, and also Steven King's 'The Eyes of the Dragon' for similar reasons, but I've also found inspiration in works by H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Vance and many others. Basically I enjoy fantasy with some depth.

In Non Fiction:
I connected to the down to Earth approach taken by Desmond Morris in 'The Naked Ape', and many other works taking a practical or inspired and perhaps canted position regarding various subjects, many of which occur in my own series from somewhat different perspectives.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What is the hidden story behind your series of novels?
'Inside Mosac's Almanac' is a search for truth through fantasy. In its own way it analyses religion, science, history and mythology without analysing them. It denies the very truth it seeks. All truth is seen as fiction for all truth has a perpetrator, a narrator, a centre from which it works its magic, therefore its objectivity is itself subjective.
Because of this the novels tend to concentrate upon action and upon the reader's inspiration. They have fixed points to produce a consistent tale and yet inspire fluidity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first I wrote, printed, compiled and published my own books without assistance, just for the enjoyment of doing so. The main reason for using Smashwords and Amazon to do so was a desire to expand. I had finished the writing. Improvement and distribution had to follow. I needed a new challenge.
Should I write anything else, it will be something different.
Published 2018-11-29.
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Books by This Author

Inside Mosac's Almanac: Book2 'Imagine a Time Capsule'
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,690. Language: British English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Freed from the Grillot world, Belan and his associates face new sinister challenges. These range from an alien tyrant to disease and war. On unfamiliar ground they must uncover strange creatures and an even stranger organisation.
Inside Mosac's Almanac Book1 'Tendrils from Heaven'
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Aug. 1!) Words: 69,950. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » General
A disparate collection of people wizards and elfin characters become embroiled in a contest with Moolbol, a creature from the time before time; a creature to threaten our Universe. Trapped upon the planet Drallagoon, Moolbol works toward his freedom. Can he be stopped or will time itself succumb to his power? Two things are certain; Moolbol is stronger than any other and he will find freedom.