Graham Buckby


Hi. I’m Graham Buckby. I was born and raised in Leicester (England), went to university at York, got a history degree, and spent 34 years teaching history, mostly in the same comprehensive school on the east coast of Lincolnshire. I quit teaching when the mounting tide of government inspired, management enforced, documentation finally swamped my pleasure in actually teaching kids. I first met Alan Denham - my co-author - while doing my postgraduate teaching certificate. He had the room next to mine and regularly woke me by pounding on my door when my alarm clock had woken him... but not me! He introduced me to the local S.F. group. I started writing in the ‘80s (when usable home computers were invented). Alan joined in. Between us we developed our ‘Nuome’ world scene... but then work got in the way for a while... like 20 years! What am I like? Alan reckons I’m eccentric... but so’s he! I’ve been married - twice. I’ve got one wonderful daughter, still at college - studying theatrical make-up. I like real ale, real dogs and motorbikes... oh, and writing.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing at junior school, aged 10, my teacher allowing me to continue the weekly essay hour story till it filled two exercise books - very Enid Blyton - very Famous Five stuff... which is why I still call my dog 'Timmy'! (See my picky - that's Timmy IV.) At Grammar School I wrote some 'Bondery' for an extended writing exercise - mine was book length - but I didn't start seriously till the first home PCs became available in the early 1980s, when I produced an absolutely unsaleable epic that made LOTR look like a novella! My co-author Alan read it and sent back a 10,000 word short called 'The Thaumaturge' which I rewrote as 20,000+ words and sent back to him. It's the first story in 'Shades Of Gold'. Everything took off from there, but was delayed for 20 years by work and family commitments.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'll call that 'Shades Of Magic' as the last one written that we've had published so far. Although there are two more ready for publishing, it actually post dates them. The story is that Alan and I rapidly discovered that the chances of a new author getting a book published conventionally nowadays - or even read - are just below zero. (Er, yes, that's a quote from 'Magic'.) 'So let's try a short,' quoth he. That weekend we plotted out four between us, and drafted two... and it grew. We then rapidly discovered that the market for shorts is minute, we found three possible mags, and although one showed interest in 'The Diary', we found we had written a full compendium of them by then, so here it is.
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Where to find Graham Buckby online


After The Fall: Clissa's Lay
By Graham Buckby
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 148,770. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
Do you ever dream of romantic, heroic adventures? Adolescent Clissa often does. Do you fancy having the power to conjure fire from wood, to crumble stone, and even to melt iron? Clissa has that power... and it’s the very last thing that she wants! For a start, she can’t control it. Even worse, people might call her ‘witch’. And wishing for adventure can prove very dangerous...
After The Fall: Shades Of Magic
By Graham Buckby
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,950. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
If you were a magician, living in a wild and dangerous world, what would you do with your magic? Use it to take a life? Or use it to save lives? Use it to stop cheats? Or perhaps to cheat others? Or maybe you wouldn’t want that power at all? It all rather depends on who you are... and whether it really is magic.
After The Fall: Shades Of Gold
By Graham Buckby
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 172,050. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
Have you ever looked up from the tedium of your work, out of the same window, at the same view.... And dreamed of travelling the world and having adventures? Of visiting exotic and interesting new places, of meeting exotic and interesting new people? Er... and nicking stuff off them? Attria had. But beware of your dreams... They can turn into nightmares.
Shades Of Smoke
By Graham Buckby
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 143,560. Language: British English. Published: October 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
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Ever fancied being a magician, in a wild and dangerous world? Your parents have been murdered, your childhood sweetheart stolen into slavery. You are embroiled with brigands, assassins, and a serial killer... But you are a magician, remember? You can conjure really good pictures in smoke... But nothing else!

Graham Buckby’s tag cloud

adventure    coming of age    hero    heroine    heroines    magic    medieval