Graham Wilson

Biography

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published ten separate books, and also a range of combined novel box sets. He is currently working on two new novels.

Published books comprise two series,
1. The Old Balmain House Series
2. The Crocodile 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 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 currently writing two novels, the first is a prequel to the Crocodile Dreaming Series which tells how the central male character in these books becomes this person. The second novel is a new book, "Risk Free'. It is a story about corporate greed and how a company restructures to avoid responsibility for the things it did and the victims it leaves in its wake.

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


Series

Crocodile Dreaming
Revised versions of Crocodile Spirit Dreaming books now in a revised series called Crocodile Dreaming to differentiate from original series

An English Visitor

Price: Free!

Crocodile Man

Price: $3.99 USD.

Girl in an Empty Cage

Price: $3.99 USD.

Lost Girl Diary

Price: Free!

Dance of Shadows

Price: Free!
Old Balmain House - Second Edition
This is a story set around three houses in Balmain, Sydney and the people who lived in them over more than 150 years. It is also a story of a child who disappeared and was never found and how she influenced both her own family and those who later lived in her house. It is also a story of how strong people triumph over bad things

Little Lost Girl

Price: $0.99 USD.
Crocodile Spirit Dreaming - First Edition
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, "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 "The 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.

Just Visiting

Price: Free!

The Diary

Price: $2.99 USD.

The Empty Place

Price: $2.99 USD.

Lost Girls

Price: Free!

Sunlit Shadow Dance

Price: Free!
Old Balmain House - First Edition
These three novels are set around an old house in an inner city suburb of Sydney, Balmain. They tell the stories of two families who live in this house over successive generations and of their joys and sorrows. The people and locations of Balmain, from early settlement to today, provide a backdrop to these stories

Lizzie's Tale

Price: $2.99 USD.

Devil's Choice

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Arnhem's Kaleidoscope Children
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 140,010. Language: Australian English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
It was hot with stillness in the late afternoon air. The billabong surface shone with unnatural stillness, Fresh tracks at water's edge told of pigs just gone. Two bubbles popped to the surface of the pool; 'decaying vegetation" I thought. I should have known it was a crocodile before too late! Landscape of Crocodile Dundee: story of a family in a remote aboriginal community in Northern Australia.
Return of the Breaker
Price: Free! Words: 75,220. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
Breaker is a name some call him. In outback Australia is a rumour 'The Breaker' has returned' 100 years have passed since they executed him in South Africa. But who is this new man? He is fearless and can ride any horse. There is wild, dangerous side, a devil may care way. Some call him Mark B, or Breaker MB. Now he tells his own story - the good and bad. Man or a monster? What made him so?
Child of an Unknown Past
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,040. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
Who is Catherine's father? She is desperate and 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. in the shadows is an unknown child who lived many years ago. She emerges and offers help at critical times of need, first to Lizzie and her daughter Catherine,
Lost in the Never Never
Price: Free! Words: 223,920. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Search for five vanished girls, backpackers last seen in outback Australia. Fragments are found but no solid traces. A man's diary gives clues. A girl emerges from obscurity with no memory who may fit. Could she be one? Pieces of her disappearance and the fate of the others are reassembled. The search goes on across the world! Two books in this box set tell the final part of this series story.
Captive
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 248,100. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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, captivated her lover's crocodile spirit. A helicopter pilot could help but he has vanished too!
Dance of Shadows
Series: Crocodile Dreaming, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 118,030. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
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?
Trapped
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 164,270. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
She thought she had escaped the nightmare but cannot do so. She thought she had broken the connection with the man who had captivated her but finds it is not so. Part of him possesses her body and another has invaded her mind. Now she is taken back to that place as a prisoner. She sits inside a cage looking out, watching the world pass her by. One cage - bars that enclose her, the other cage
Nowhere Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 171,110. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
Who is the man from nowhere - parts of his body have been found in a billabong. At first is seems like a crocodile attack but turns into murder, And who is the girl who was with him in his last few days?. Why will she tell nobody what really happened? She wants to know who this man is for herself. She has his diary and needs to read it to understand, but cannot bring herself to do so.
Old House in Balmain Series
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 190,830. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Story of two courageous Sydney families. Linking them is a small girl Sophie who vanished 100 years ago with her best friend.. It tells of people's ordinary lives, how they are touched and shaped by tragedy and yet rise above adversity. Starting in the beautiful inner city suburb of Balmain and an old house there, parts of the story traverse the remote Australian outback.
Vanished
Price: Free! Words: 106,550. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Four vanished girls somewhere in the outback of Australia. The only clues are passports found in the possession of a dead man and his diary with glimpses of their lives. The girl who found this has vanished too. So it is a search for these elusive beings, fate unknown. Families search, friends search, police search. Fragments emerge but all remain missing. Could any still be alive?
Girl in an Empty Cage
Series: Crocodile Dreaming, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,830. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
She sits in a jail cell. They say she killed her lover and fed his body to the crocodiles. She will tell no one what happened on that fateful last day they were seen together. She knows an awful secret but is determined to hide it forever. It is written in this man's diary but she has hidden that too. And there is a buried box which no one must find. The search, gets closer. She must stop them
Lost Girl Diary
Series: Crocodile Dreaming, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 106,580. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
Four passports of four vanished girls. The one who found them is missing too. A dead man's diary may contain the vital key. A search begins in Australia and across the world
Crocodile Man
Series: Crocodile Dreaming, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,120. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Brazen English Hussy, the papers scream. Killed her lover, fed his body to crocodiles, buried the evidence! Who is this man who nobody seems to know. They call him CROCODILE MAN. Who is the unknown girl who was with him before he died? Why does she hide what happened on that fateful day? She sits alone in a jail cell, Her mind is in a daze. She will tell no one of the secrets hidden in his diary.
An English Visitor
Series: Crocodile Dreaming, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 84,520. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
A man is watching her, perfect she stands on the beach, wavelets lapping her feet. He must have her, he will charm her. She will come with him like others have before. She is beautiful, an English visitor. She sees no danger. This man has wildness that intrigues and captivates, hiding dark shadows beneath. She goes with him, surrendering to his charms. They travel to places where no others go
Little Lost Girl
Series: Old Balmain House - Second Edition, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,070. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A little girl vanished 100 years ago. Her name was Sophie. Where did she go? An old house in Balmain. A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney. Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading. Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found. The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yearned. Now a new search!
Risk Free
Price: Free! Words: 16,740. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
NaNoWriMo 2016 book. Last updated 2016-11-30 15:35:19
A new company float - Gilt Investments - risk free investment. Its structure keeps the valued parts in a new portfolio and leaves the risk behind. Corporate lawyer, Stephen, knows Gilt Investments will give a great return. His own bonus and share allocation promise a cash bonanza. It is all set to go. He delivers the Prospectus to the printer to send out to select clients. It goes live in a week.
Little Lost Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,680. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
A little girl vanished 100 years ago. Her name was Sophie. Where did she go? An old house in Balmain. A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney. Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading. Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found. The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yearned. Now a new search!
Child Unknown : Old Balmain House Books 2 & 3
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,030. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
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?
Creature of an Ancient Dreaming
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,770. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
BRAZEN ENGLISH HUSSY, the papers scream. ‘Killed her lover, fed his body to the crocodiles, buried the evidence!’ Who is this man who nobody knows? Why does an ancient crocodile seek to keep his remains? Who is the unknown girl who was with him before he died? Why does she hide what happened on that fateful day? She sits alone in a jail cell - mind is in a daze. She will tell no one her secret.
Sunlit Shadow Dance
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming - First Edition, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 118,040. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
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?
Lost Girls
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming - First Edition, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 101,910. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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 - First Edition, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,850. 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 - First Edition, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,880. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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
Series: Crocodile Spirit Dreaming - First Edition, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,220. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
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 - First Edition, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 84,470. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
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 - First Edition, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,070. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
NaNoWriMo 2013 book. Last updated 2013-11-27 20:01:26
Goal reached!
Fifteen, pregnant, victim of rape. She knows they will take her baby away. She must stop it. She runs to where they will not find her. First in a brothel, then she makes a new life far away. But these awful men find her and threaten her child. 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 from 3 reviews)
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 - First Edition, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 66,590. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Inspirational
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
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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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