Graeme Bourke


In 1985 Graeme took up fly fishing in Tasmania and during this journey he kept a diary which was used to produce his first non-fiction book "Come Fly Fish With Me," which has now been put up as an ebook. This book received wide acclaim from the fly fishing fraternity. He then completed a correspondence course on writing and began writing articles for sporting and travel magazines. In 2008 he published his second book on fishing "If Only The World Would Go Fishing." His main ambition was to write fiction, so in 2010 he published "Hawkins' Grove" which has also been converted to an ebook. These three books are available in hard copy from "Window on the World" bookshop in Ulverstone, Tasmania. Mountain Pride, The Ghost Ship,The Gates of Hell and The House of Dreams are only available as ebooks. In June of 2014 Graeme uploaded the first book in his trilogy "The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: The Awakening" the feedback has been very positive. Sales from the second and third book have been encouraging. An Ancient Warrior is his most recent fiction novel. Graeme writes book reviews for a local newsletter and from the these he has compiled the best of these reviews so If you are looking for a book to read he guarantees you will find something here. He has just published a new book called A Fortunate Destiny, a love story set in the early seventies around the trauma of the Vietnam War. Tears in Thailand has now been published. This is a true story telling of Graeme's journey in Thailand, his experiences and emotions as he enjoys the land of smiles. Copies also available at Window on the World book store in Ulverstone, Tasmania. Graeme has received excellent feedback from around the world for his work but is still ignored by mainstream publishers.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up and why did you start writing.
I grew up on the North West Coast of Tasmania and fishing for trout was one of my main hobbies. The idea for my first book "Come Fly Fish With Me" came from my initial journey into fly fishing which was taken from a diary I kept at the time. While this book is printed in hard copy a revised edition will eventually become available as an ebook. Like a lot of people I always had the idea in my head to write a book but never seemed to get around to it, this was my first publication. Feed back from readers was in the positive which then encouraged me to do some more writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think what really motivated me to become an indie author was the simplicity of it. In other words it was easy to set up and upload at no cost. Also, rather than write endless letters and submissions to publishers that took up a lot of my time and energy, and there was no guarantee that they would even look at your submission, I could publish an ebook myself which at least put my work out there. I think I also recognised that this was a new avenue for writers, something that I could keep under control and be the master of my own destiny as far as writing went.
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Where to find Graeme Bourke online

Where to buy in print


Tears in Thailand
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 36,410. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
After suffering a series of traumatic emotional issues I was virtually shanghaied by my stepdaughter who booked me on flight to Thailand with two of my friends. Several trips later and into my second Thai girlfriend, I was introduced to her friend, a petite bargirl on the infamous Bangla Road in Patong Beach. From that moment on everything changed for me as fate and destiny took hold.
A Fortunate Destiny
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 56,460. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The author lived through the time of the Vietnam war and when the marbles were spun to choose the next bunch of recruits he missed out. Many of his friends went to war, one never came back, another was so traumatised by his experience he cannot remember being there. This story depicts the heartache, the shattered hopes and dreams, and the ultimate reality of war through a love story.
Graeme's Book Reviews
Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 12,860. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Reference
It is during times of trouble 'the corona virus' that it is important for everyone to look to their mental stability, and one way of doing this is by reading. I have just updated these reviews so that each of you can find something to read. It is so hard sometimes to find a good book to read. I would like to think that I am narrowing the field somewhat. Now updated to thirty reviews.
An Ancient Warrior
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 78,910. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Torn apart both mentally and physically seventeen-year old Danae Miller is confined to an asylum for telling the truth. No one believed her, her journey was impossible, although the medieval arrow in her back, that almost killed her, should have told them something. The child, the unborn son she carried and the man she loved were both lost to her. A fast paced story that keeps you reading.
Come Fly Fish With Me
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 38,130. Language: Australian English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing
This widely acclaimed book on trout fishing in Tasmania follows Graeme on his journey in his endeavour to become a fly fisherman in one of the last bastions of wild brown trout. From the diverse highland lakes to the running rippled rivers and small streams of North West Coast.
Jaram: The Final Journey
Series: The Huntsman, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,720. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Having taken her revenge for the death of her parents Mica crosses the seas to Jaram where she follows the clues in the book of fairy tales in hope they will lead her to her grandmother. In doing so she becomes involved in a war between three brothers fighting for the kingship. The war, the sword and the book of fairy tales all shape her final destiny.
The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: Pathway to the Truth
Series: The Huntsman, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,320. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Mica, an orphan raised by a warrior and taught how to use a sword continues her journey of revenge. Having slain the first man responsible for her parent's death, she seeks a second man, who she hopes will tell her why this happened and maybe even give her a clue to her origins.The shadow Walker also takes his own path of revenge.
The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: The Awakening
Series: The Huntsman, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,540. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
A warrior from a lost battle comes across a caravan where all are slain, except a small girl. He takes the girl with him but not before she retrieves her father's sword and book of fairy tales. He teaches her how to use the sword. When the girl grows up she takes the path of revenge and begins a journey to find her identity, to find out who she really is.
The House of Dreams
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 96,490. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
This love story is about a young woman and the conflict and pain she suffers to achieve her dreams. This is not a simple boy meets girl, conflict and happiness plot. This a more meaningful journey whereby the key character, by suffering, changes and enriches the lives of the people she comes in contact with.
The Ghost Ship
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 81,820. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Trapped in another time, a time of buccaneers and hidden treasure. Joshua Devlin grows up in this new world, falls in love and becomes a man.
The Gates of Hell
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 58,440. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A compelling fast paced story where the key character hides in the metropolis of Melbourne after leaving the French Foreign Legion. His identity is not revealed to the reader until the very last page. The police, his mother, the girl who seeks him for reasons of her own and his enemies know he is there, but they have no idea who he is, where he is and when he will strike next.
Mountain Pride
You set the price! Words: 28,320. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Written from the authors vast knowledge of the Tasmanian highlands in the winter, where he himself hunted in the snow and faced all the dangers, all the hardships that the key character experiences. No fiction novel has ever been written on the Tasmanian highlands as the author portrays it in this novel. It is a rare insight into a unique and dangerous landscape.
Hawkins' Grove
Price: $3.99 $2.79 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 32,850. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This acclaimed Tasmanian odyssey set in the highlands of Tasmania has been used by writing groups as an example on how to write a novella. The author has had extensive experience in the highlands and is able to portray the lifestyle and the countryside to the reader with visionary ease.

Smashwords book reviews by Graeme Bourke

  • Value Received on Sep. 21, 2012

    On reading the first chapter I was immediately drawn into the story. While the story has potential I found it confusing as it tended to lose its ebb and flow with too many scene changes.
  • The Package on Oct. 01, 2013

    Finally, someone who has the literay merit to write a good erotic story with an intriguing ending.
  • My Lady Ellen on Sep. 06, 2014

    A very well written historical romance that depicts the culture and historical moment very well
  • Out There- Riviera Affair on Jan. 01, 2018

    I found this a well written novel and enjoyed the fast pace.
  • A Breath of Hope on April 04, 2018

    I am a writer with over twenty years experience in non-fiction, fiction, and I have written for magazines. I also critique books for a local magazine so I have good knowledge of what is required as a writer. You asked for feedback so here it is. The first line, the first paragraph or first page is critical for a reader and your first lines would not get past any editor looking at your work. You are pushing your character, Hamilton onto the readers rather than easing him into their minds. I think those readers who have given you five stars have done you an injustice in making you think your work is up to standard when it isn't. All that aside I can sense your urgency to write, to tell a story which you do admirably. There are storytellers and there are writers, to be able to do both demands a lot of hard work. I suggest you read R. W. Peake, one of his Caesar series to give you an example to follow. I wish you all the best with your writing
  • One Moment in Time on May 11, 2020

    I had trouble with the dialogue in this story, basically how you write dialogue in a story is vastly different than how you speak in real life. To try and use real life dialogue doesn't work, for me anyway. You cannot rely on a big ending, your story has to have some body, some means of getting there. I suggest you read some of Georgette Heyer's work, even though it is romance, her dialogue is amongst the best I've read.