Interview with GJ Walker-Smith

What is your writing process?
I think I'm a little bit scattered when it comes to writing. I don't plan anything. Whenever an idea comes to mind, I jot it down. Most of my work is penned by hand in a notebook. Some of it ends up written on sticky notes, shopping receipts or the back of envelopes. Watching it all come to life when I type it all up is the fun part.
When did you first start writing?
I've always liked to write but confidence was an issue for me. Saving Wishes was hidden away on my computer for four years before I worked up the courage to let anyone read it. Now that it's out there, I'm kicking myself that I wasted so much time worrying about it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Peter Pan was the first novel I remember reading. It's a story that I've carried with me and I still love the style in which it's written. My copy is an ancient, tattered book that was gifted to my mum on her ninth birthday. I still treasure it and actually made a few references to it in my Wishes series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm very impatient. Once I finally made the decision to put my work out there for the world to see, I wanted it done straight away. Now that it's published, I love the fact that I have total control over how it's managed.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I struggle with the notion of having fans. I just have a lot of friends who happen to like reading my books!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't think I'd survive without my iPad. My favourite time to read is in the car while I'm waiting to pick my son up from school. I actually get there early so I can spend fifteen minutes reading.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The team at Smashwords are phenomenal. I'm a writer, not a marketer. Having my books distributed to so many different retailers in one easy step was a godsend. The process was simple and the journey has been amazing.
What are you working on next?
I never intended writing a series. I expected Saving Wishes to be a stand alone novel but I just couldn't condense the story of Charli and Adam into one novel. Now that their story is done, I'm moving on to other characters from the series. Alex's story will be book four of The Wishes Series. Ryan's will be book five.
Describe your desk
Most of the time it's fairly tidy but some days real life takes it over. On a bad day, it doubles as a filing cabinet, an ironing board, a craft table or a dumping ground for plastic army men and lego.
Published 2013-10-04.
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Books by This Author

Silk Queen - Book Two
Series: The Wishes Series. Pre-release—available August 9, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: Australian English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
To a wannabe princess like Fiona Black, Jean-Luc Décarie is storybook perfect. He's incredibly handsome, worldly and wealthy beyond measure. At first, her dreams of a fairy-tale ending with her Prince Charming seem to be back in her grasp, but she soon realises that all that glitters is not gold. The Décarie name is mud... and through no fault of his own, Jean-Luc's crown is rusty.
Silk Queen
Series: The Wishes Series. Price: Free! Words: 21,540. Language: Australian English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book 7.5 in #1 Bestselling Wishes Series In 1983, life for Fiona Black was simple. She loved fashion, nights out at Bingo, and Duran Duran. She was also planning her wedding. When things don't go according to plan, a better fairy-tale lands in her lap - and it would be more epic than the twenty-five foot train on Princess Di's wedding dress. Please note: Can be read as a standalone
Star Promise
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,610. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Book 5 of the #1 bestselling Wishes Series After three blissful years of living in Pipers Cove, Adam and Charli head back to the bright lights of New York.
Shadow Lily
Series: The Wishes Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,380. Language: Australian English. Published: July 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book 6.5 in the #1 bestselling Wishes Series If you spend too long in a small town, you’ll eventually fade away. And on the eve of my twenty-fifth birthday, I realised that I was practically invisible.
Stone Roses
Series: The Wishes Series. Pre-release—available January 1, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: Australian English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book 7 in the #1 bestselling Wishes Series True love is still true, even if you can’t live it the way you want to...
Shiloh
Series: The Wishes Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,770. Language: Australian English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Here’s what I know about Shiloh Jenson: She is up to no good. Every word out of her mouth is a lie. And I'm madly in love with her.
The Wishes Series Box Set
Series: The Wishes Series. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 355,080. Language: Australian English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Box set of the first three books and novella in the #1 bestselling Wishes Series. 1. Saving Wishes 2. Second Hearts 3. Storm Shells Bonus novella: Sand Jewels (Book 2.5)
Silver Dawn
Series: The Wishes Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,740. Language: Australian English. Published: June 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book 4.5 of the Wishes Series. Saving Wishes (Book 1) Second Hearts (Book 2) Sand Jewels (Book 2.5) Storm Shells (Book 3) Secret North (Book 4)
Secret North
Series: The Wishes Series, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,180. Language: Australian English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book 4 of The Wishes Series. Ryan Décarie could literally charm the pants off anyone. It was his biggest talent and his biggest downfall. When he crosses paths with Bente Denison five long years after breaking her heart, sparks fly.
Sand Jewels
Series: The Wishes Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,060. Language: Australian English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Sand Jewels is book 2.5 of The Wishes Series. Gabrielle Décarie was over arrogant men – but that didn’t mean she couldn’t have a little fun with one. When she took a chance on Alex Blake, it was supposed to be a one-night deal. He was too cocky, too flirty and too complicated. Sand Jewels is the story of why she fell madly in love with him anyway.
Storm Shells
Series: The Wishes Series, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,690. Language: Australian English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Book 3 of the Wishes Series. Third instalment in the story of Adam and Charli...
Second Hearts
Series: The Wishes Series, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,520. Language: Australian English. Published: June 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Saving Wishes (Book one, The Wishes Series) Available now. Storm Shells (Book three, The Wishes Series) Available now.
Saving Wishes
Series: The Wishes Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 102,590. Language: Australian English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.90)
Second Hearts (Book two, The Wishes Series) Available now. Storm Shells (Book three, The Wishes Series) Available now.