Interview with Douglas Gellatly

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm near Lubeck, a very small town just south of Murtoa in Victoria's Wimmera District.
When did you first start writing?
Although I had done small travel type articles for newspapers before, I started writing novels in 2010, by which time I was well into my sixties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "Corker's Creek", is about two the young men who appeared in "Golton Island" ... Rory Clark (now Dr Rory Clark) and his life-partner, Danny Adkin. The story is set about ten years later in the fictitious Wimmera town of Corker's Creek. From their very first weekend at Corker's Creek, Rory and Danny become entwined in the every-day lives of the people of Corker's Creek.
Will your first three novels ever be put together as trilogy?
Yes, and that has now happened. This gave me a chance to revise all the stories, and I am very happy with the result.
The title for the Wimmera Trilogy is "Mount Zero" which is apt as not only is that mountain central to much of my writing so far, it is also a prominent landmark central to the Wimmera district of Victoria, and is clearly visible from the Western Highway which links Melbourne and Adelaide.
What do your fans mean to you?
Great thankfulness and satisfaction that others are gaining enjoyment and entertainment out of what I have written.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By offering fabulous guidelines and suggestions through Mark Coker's Style Guide and Book Marketing Guide, both of which are free. Plus, their website is very user-friendly.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The thought that with modern computer technology I could produce a novel in its entirety almost totally by myself. I realised that Smashwords offered an enormous amount of information and support and have never regretted that, thanks as much to that as anything, I was able to put the story that had germinated in my mind into a novel that went global instantly and is achieving sales. My first novel is Lake Brambruck.
What are you working on next?
The germ of a fourth novel is developing in my head. It will also have a rural Australian setting.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bryce Courtenay, Ken Follett, J K Rowling, Colleen McCullough, Dan Brown, Vikram Seth, Rohinton Mistry, Honore de Balzac (Pere), Martin Brant.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that there is so much to life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening, traveling, mixing with family and friends, running a small business, being in Nature (no particular order).
What are you passionate about?
Two things in particular. One is trees, which the world is running out of rapidly ... it makes no sense to me that trees should be sacrificed for the production of "hard copy" books when the same end result of publishing a novel can be achieved with an ebook and no paper. The second is inter-racial intercourse (in the old fashioned social sense) ... to me, no matter where we come from or who we are, we are all one people with the same genetic map. Why, oh why, do we set ourselves apart from each other for such fickle reasons as colour or race or country of origin?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By surfing through the websites of all the ebook retailers who offer my novels too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really ... it was so long ago and part of a correspondence course that I once did; there was a character in it called Sven.
What is your writing process?
I sit down at the computer with the 'skeleton' of a story and get the characters to talk to each other, and then react with each other ... I often don't know how that will pan out, but it's up to me to sculpt it.
How do you approach cover design?
I take photographs that are meaningful to me in relation to the story that I have written and adjust them in 'Photoshop', add the title and author. and get very satisfactory results.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Bryce Courtenay's 'The Power of One' ... I believe every mid-teenager, boy or girl, should read it. Its positivity changed me.
Published 2015-01-12.
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Books by This Author

Mount Zero
Series: The Wimmera Collection. Price: Free! Words: 267,450. Language: Australian English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
Douglas Gellatly has written three novels; Lake Brambruck, Golton Island and Corker's Creek. Collectively, they make up The Wimmera Trilogy, and are here presented as the boxed set titled Mount Zero.
Corker's Creek
Series: The Wimmera Collection, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 109,100. Language: Australian English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
There’s something endearingly raw about Corker’s Creek. Dr Rory Clarke and his partner, Danny Adkin, find that out in their first year there. They become entwined in the lives of the town’s characters right from their first weekend at ‘Corker’s Creek Park’, the farm where they live just out of town. Their story gradually winds tighter and tighter as the year goes on, and a holiday is welcome.
Golton Island
Series: The Wimmera Collection, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 98,420. Language: Australian English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
An unexpected circumstance sees Richard McPherson and Max Clark becoming funeral directors. Another unexpected situation then sees them becoming 'parents' to Max's poverty stricken nephew, Rory. Enter Ivy Pasco, who Rory boards with, and an Aboriginal boy, Danny Adkin, Rory's new buddy. The boys have goals, but can they reach them?
Lake Brambruck
Series: The Wimmera Collection, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,320. Language: Australian English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
As Richard McPherson swam naked in Lake Brambruck in the dry northwest of Victoria, Australia, Max Clark literally walked into his life. They experience trials, dangers and intimacies as their relationship develops over the coming months and years. Their relationship is strengthened as their friendship with a neighbor brings the tale to its emotional climax.