Interview with Gordon Smith

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute. A war story that had a slice of history to it. After reading it I always wanted to visit Alice Springs which I did in 1997
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a loving family but unfortunately Dad, who was a returned serviceman, never talked about the war (WW2) and never joined the RSL or marched on Anzac Day. I have just recently joined the RSL and I will be marching on this Anzac Day for the first time since I was discharged from the army in 1967
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy Australian history novels based on stories of the Australian Pioneers up to 1990s'
I particularly liked In The Wet as well as On the beach both futuristic novels by Neville Shute.
I also enjoying period novels based loosely on truth like "Underbelly Razer by Larry Writer and of course the greatest classic of all "Power and Glory" by Frank Hardy.
I particularly relate to the "Smiley" series by Moore Raymond
What do you read for pleasure?
As Iv'e got older I find that local history books as well as those about my ancestors are of great joy.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover colour must reflect the tone of the story. The graphics need to summarise the story. Although a scantily clothe man or woman may create interest, there is no place for graphics that are not primarily connected to the story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My pad is closely followed by my PC
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I always remember the question "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk signify?"
When did you first start writing?
Just recently. I have published technical traffic papers in the past but that was all.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have yet to find out
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I need to tell my story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Learning from readers reviews. When they praise my work. , my heart jumps, When constructive criticism is given, I learn from my mistakes.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the people I write to
What are you working on next?
A book aimed at older children. The story of children growing up in the 1930's in outback Australia
Who are your favorite authors?
Definitely Neville Shute. I have been inspired by "A town like Alice, I have been enthralled by the story of "A Far Country" while "In the wet" showed many insights into the way we vote.
Neville had the knack of raising our awareness of what may happen if we don't look after our planet. "On the Beach" is a true Science Fiction story written in 1957 and portrays only a few years after that time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to explore my mind and create stories that inspire. That is why I always lay a deep intent in researching my topic.
Published 2018-09-17.
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Books by This Author

The Aboriginal Cameleer
Pre-release—available December 1, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,840. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men, Fiction » Adventure » Action
1930’s rural Australia. Baddar, a wild-hearted 7 year old would tell you he is special. As the blood grandchild of the last Afghan cameleer and his wife, Rose, an aboriginal woman, Baddar knew he was destined for more than his little town. ​Bored of small-town life and overwhelmed by childlike curiosity, his ancestors tales of tribesmen and cameleers is all he needs to fuel his imagination.
The Sensual Retiree
Pre-release—available November 7, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,700. Language: Australian English. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Adult
An engaging plot of love and life we follow Joan's most renewing encounters from her mid-sixties up into her early nineties. We learn that a love for life doesn’t have to die before we do and that women certainly don't diminish with age.
The Ministry Communications Unit
Pre-release—available November 3, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,310. Language: Australian English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
It did not happen, but it could have. Australia during the war!
Men With a Mission
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,940. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Alternative history
When Major Jack Roberts of the Australian army was tasked to find three incredible men to seek out Corruption and Human Rights violations during the Vietnamese War, he chose a Christian, a Jew and a Moslem to work together as a team. Men with a Mission tells the tale of this small group of people and how they each deal with the exploitation and darker side of the human indecency they witness.
An Australian Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,730. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The story of 1 Australian Family over 2 centuries and how historical event influenced them
Lady Ruth Bromfield
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off until Oct. 21!) Words: 68,870. Language: Australian English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Historical » General
In 1935, Ruth was born to an unmarried Jewish mother in Germany. Fearing the Nazi persecution ruth was sent to England on the "kinder transport“ and raised by a church of England priest. where she developed a unique social interaction system that united people from different backgrounds and beliefs. Her story will raise your hopes and show how to overcome the differences we all share.
The Family That Went To War
Price: Free! Words: 21,030. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Family history
In 1914 Australia joined England and declared war on Germany and it's allies. In the small New South Wales town of Cootamundra 6 young Australians, all from the same family, individually joined the fight. Only 3 returned. This is the saga of their conflict.