Graham Wilson

Biography

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published nine separate books, and also a range of combined novel box sets.

They comprise two series,
1. The Old Balmain House Series
2. The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series

along with a family memoir. Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope

The first series starts with a novel called The Old Balmain House, based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where the author lived. Here a photo was discovered of a small girl who lived and died about 100 years ago. The book imagines the story of her life and family, based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with it's locations and and historical events providing part of the story background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale builds on The Old Balmain House setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how, when she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation of the family in Lizzie's Tale. Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek the help of one of her mother's rapists' in trying to save the life of her own daughter who is inflicted with an incurable disease.

The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series comprises five novels based in Outback Australia. The first novel Just Visiting. tells the story of an English backpacker, Susan, who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, Creature of an Ancient Dreaming, (previously The Diary), follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and his diary and Susan, being placed on trial for murder. The third book, The Empty Place, is about Susan's struggle to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. In Lost Girls Susan vanishes and it tells the story of the search for her and four other lost girls whose passports were found in the possession of the man she killed. The final book in the series, Sunlit Shadow Dance is the story of a girl who appears in a remote aboriginal community in North Queensland, without any memory except for a name. It tells how she rebuilds her life from an empty shell and how, as fragments of the past return, with them come dark shadows that threaten to overwhelm her.

The book, Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope, is the story of the author's own life in the Northern Territory. It tells of his childhood in an aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory, one of its last frontiers. It tells of the people, danger and beauty of this place, and of its transformation over the last half century with the coming of aboriginal rights and the discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT.

Books are published as ebooks by Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks and other major ebook publishers. Some books are available in print through Amazon Create Space.

Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called Memories Only Remain and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories.

Graham writes for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person chooses to download and read something he has written and write a review - good or bad, as this gives him an insight into what readers enjoy and helps him make ongoing improvements to his writing.

In his non writing life Graham is a veterinarian who work in wildlife conservation and for rural landholders. He lived a large part of his life in the Northern Territory and his books reflect this experience.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Sony E Reader, now 3 years old. I like the idea of publishing to devices using the epub platform. It works really well.

However as my son has just got a Kindle which I also like I may buy one of these shortly as I like the night reading feature.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As yet my marketing has been extremely limited, as I have put most of my attention into polishing and revising my work to get it to as high a standard as possible.

The people who have bought my books to date have fallen into two groups.
1. Australians who know some of the people and places I know and share my love for these places and their stories
2. People from the other side of the world - US, Canada, England and even continental Europe. I have no idea what draws these people to read my novels set in Australia, but it is extremely gratifying when these unknown people from other cultures read what I have written and I hope they gain enjoyment from doing so.

I am now looking at targeted marketing in two areas - in the inner west Sydney area around Balmain as this forms a setting of my Old Balmain House novel series and secondly in the towms and communtiies of the remote outback of Australia, places like Broome, Darwin, Kakadu, Borooloola, and Alice Srongs as these are the places of which I write and hope these people will enjoy the stories - people such as those who work in mining towns, cattle stations and aboriginal communities.

As to how to market effectively to the rest of the world I really don't have a clue, but I hope their are people out there who keep discovering and reading what I have written.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Graham Wilson online


Where to buy in print


Books

Little Lost Girl
Pre-release—available October 28, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,290. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Who was Sophie? Where did she go? We need to know! We bought a new old house, a little timber cottage. It held a hidden story, deep buried in the past. About a little girl who lived here in the century last. This child went off to school one day and never did come back, it seemed to all who looked for her she’d fallen through a crack. We heard a voice call out one day seeking help for her return
Inside Looking Out
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 157,640. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
She sits inside a cage looking out, watching the world pass her by. One cage - bars that enclose her, the other cage within her own mind. Trapped by consequences of past actions, she sees no way out. Inside this place is another presence, an ancient predatory being. It wants her for its own. Her will to fight it is gone. She will let it take her. Outside they still search for a way to get her out
Child Unknown : Old Balmain House Books 2 & 3
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,030. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Inspirational
Who is Catherine's father? She needs to know! Her mother was raped by three men 20 years ago, one is dead, one a murderer, the third insane. Knowing may save her critically ill daughter who needs a bone marrow donor. Hidden in the shadows is another unknown child who lived many years ago, friend to Catherine and her mother in a time of vital need. Who is this child and can she help now?
Spirit of a Crocodile : Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Books 1 & 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 167,930. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
She loves a man who loves crocodiles. This huge predator is a source of pure terror. Inside the man she sees his spirit and the predator in equal shares. Now it seeks to possess her too. Could he have hurt others, is she next? She is a visitor, far from an English home. She must escape! She gets away. But it pulls her back. Now locked in a cage, this other being her only company. What can she do?
Creature of an Ancient Dreaming
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,770. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A fisherman finds a unidentified head in a waterhole in Northern Australia. A huge and ancient crocodile lives there and does not want to let it go. Police are called to investigate. What first appeared to be a crocodile attack turns into murder. Who is this man who no one seems to know? Who is the unknown girl who was with him before he died? Why did she hide what happened on that fateful day?
The Girl and the Crocodile : Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Complete Series
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 457,450. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(3.00)
She came to Australia as a visitor seeking an enjoyable outback holiday. She met a charming man who offered to take her. But all was not as it seemed. Her life descended into a place of nightmare. She ended her holiday thinking she had escaped, but the consequences followed her and drew her ever deeper into a place of terror, an ancient crocodile presence threatening both her body and her mind.
The Missing : Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Books 4 & 5
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 218,050. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
It is a search for five vanished girls, backpackers last seen in outback Australia. Fragments and clues are found but no solid traces. A man's dairy tells their story. Finally one person emerges from obscurity without memory who may be one. and gradually the pieces of her disappearance and that of the others are reassembled. These two books in a box set tell the final part of this series story.
Sunlit Shadow Dance
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 116,260. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00)
The girl you love vanishes - you search and search. No trace is found. You see someone who looks so like her - she looks at you but does not know you, no recognition flickers. Is it a mirage, dream or desperate hope? She likes you. You ask and she comes with you. Her mind sees only sunlight. You see dark shadowed edges. Can you remake your life with a person who holds no memory of you?
Possession : Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Books 1 - 3
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 234,970. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(5.00)
A girl goes on a holiday and meets a charming man with a dark secret who forever changes her life. He has passports of four vanished girls. Where have they gone? She escapes and tries to resume her life. But the past returns to claim her. Now arrested and in jail she feels her mind is coming apart, possessed by her lover's crocodile spirit. A helicopter pilot could help but he has vanished too.
Old Balmain House Book Series
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 180,870. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Two courageous Sydney families sit at the centre of this story. Linking them is a small girl Sophie who vanished 100 years ago. It is a story of people's ordinary lives, how they are touched and shaped by tragedy and yet rise above adversity. Mostly set around the beautiful inner city suburb of Balmain and an old house there, parts of the story traverse the remote Australian outback
Lost Girls
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,910. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00)
Four passports are found of girls who vanished in Australia. The girl who found them has disappeared too. Who are these girls? Where have they gone? A diary and search in Australia and across the world give tiny glimpses and fragments, but their stories remain elusive. The police search, friends and families search and grieve in alternate measure, but five girls remain gone, their fate unknown.
Devil's Choice
Series: Old Balmain House, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,610. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A parents worst nightmare. A small child with an incurable disease and a father who served in Vietnam and blames himself for her illness. The family is torn apart. Finally only one choice remains to save the daughter's life, a Devil's Choice.
The Empty Place
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,220. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
An English backpacker is on trial for murder in Australia . The tabloids say she killed her lover and fed his body to crocodiles.She refuses to say what happened. She is trapped inside her mind in a place of horror and emptiness. Only one person knows and can help her. But he and his helicopter have vanished in the place that the locals call The Empty Place. Her only escape is to end her life
The Diary
Price: Free! Words: 84,800. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.75)
She holds a diary in her hand. Its contents terrify her, What awful tale does it tell? She must read it to see what is hidden but cannot bring herself to do so. She hides it away and passes responsibility to another. A fisherman finds an unidentified head in a waterhole in north Australia. Who is this man that no one knows? What first appeared to be a crocodile attack turns into murder.
Just Visiting
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 82,420. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00)
Her hands and feet are tied and her mouth is gagged.She is a captive. She is being taken to a river full of crocodiles and she is terrified. How could it have come to this. Susan goes on an idyllic holiday in Australia, The Barrier Reef is beautiful, Sydney and Melbourne wonderful. She wants to see the Outback. An Australian man offers to take her. She likes him and goes with him.
Lizzie's Tale
Series: Old Balmain House, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,140. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.50)
NaNoWriMo 2013 book. Last updated 2013-11-27 20:01:26
Goal reached!
Raped and reduced to working in a brothel to keep her baby, unwed, teenage mother, Lizzie, forges a new life for herself and her child in the Kimberley region of Australia. But can she evade her persecutors and ultimately bring to them to justice? This is a story of a girl from inner Sydney. Her family is poor, her father dies when she is nine, life is hard. But her courage rises above adversity.
Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope
Price: Free! Words: 141,760. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
(4.67)
It was hot. There was sudden stillness in the late afternoon air and the surface of the small waterhole shone with unnatural smoothness. Fresh pig tracks at water's edge suggested pigs just gone. Two bubbles popped to the surface near the edge of the pool; just decaying vegetation, said my mind. I should have smelt crocodile! A story of a missionary family in remote aboriginal Australia.
The Old Balmain House
Series: Old Balmain House, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 62,140. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Inspirational
(4.67)
Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows. A photo of 8 year old Sophie and an antique perfume bottle are found in the fireplace of an old house. The story of a Balmain family over 170 years. Finally they uncover what happened. Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour this is a story of this place and its people, an imagined history from early Australia to the present day

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Graham Wilson's favorite authors on Smashwords

Jane Allen
Latest book: The Judge's Cat. Published May 25, 2016. (3.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Graham Wilson

  • Portrait of Conspiracy on Aug. 02, 2016

    Good book - well worth reading. I will now have a look at other things this author has written
  • Deadly Offerings on Aug. 29, 2016

    Excellent thriller with a romantic twist and some unexpected turns
  • The Judge's Cat on Sep. 19, 2016

    This was a book which was rich in Victorian detail with a selection of interesting characters who tell their story through their correspondence and letter. It would be improved by a stronger narrative thread but a worthwhile real