Graham Blackburn

Biography

Graham Blackburn wrote his first book, a history of Scotland, when he was eleven years old. Born and educated in London, England, he spent several years in Germany and Spain before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School in New York. For the next ten years he lived the life of a rock and roller, playing and recording with groups including Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Full Tilt Boogie, and Razmataz.

Having built several houses in Woodstock, NY, he subsequently made a name for himself as a fine furnituremaker lecturing at major schools and national woodworking shows . A frequent contributor to many magazines, including "Fine Woodworking", "Popular Woodworking", and "Woodwork" (of which he was the Editor-in-Chief), as well as publishing his own videoMagazine: "Woodworking in Action", he has also written and illustrated many books on woodworking, housebuilding, and furnituremaking, as well as several books on sailing and philately.

Three of his novels, including "For Love or Money?", "The Castilian Suite", and "The Stanford Solution" are also Smashword publications".

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in post-war London which was an exciting time of change and rebirth. The empire was disappearing and there was an influx of new people into Britain which really expanded people's ideas about what was important. Much of the old order was changing and it felt like anything was possible.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first book at age nine. It was a book about the history of Scotland which I found incredibly exotic. Thereafter I never stopped — and contact with the past remained enormously interesting to me.
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Books

Tango Slim
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 95,450. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Juan-Miguel Rodriguez, raised by his grandparents in Madrid after his English father is suddenly widowed in New York, is drawn into the international world of tango with its exotic cast of characters, false arrests, Cornish moors, the London art scene, the sybaritic South of France, Los Angeles, New York, and Buenos Aires at night.
The Stanford Solution
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 47,590. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
With a world becoming more overcrowded every day something has to be done — by someone — if we are to survive with any semblance of humanity. This suspenseful mystery tracks the eforts of a well-meaning (but misguided?) professor to do just that...
The Castilian Suite
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 120,570. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
In 1961 Generalíssimo Franco is still dictator of Spain and Roger Coulter is on his way to Madrid with the beauiful Sarah to write ‘The Castilian Suite’. Youthful enthusiasm is no match for the harsh realities of life, however, and composing gives way to a hand-to-mouth existence of scalping tickets to the bullfight, pimping in the Barrio Chino, and an eventual return to London
For Love or Money?
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 100,680. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Derek Davis, bored editor at a London publishing house, learns he could inherit a LOT of money if a mystery legatee is not found within ninety days. Simultaneously, his girlfriend becomes involved in an attempted identity switch. What follows includes murder, arrests, venal lawyers, and characters ranging from Welsh coalminers to Provencal innkeepers, all with their own needs for love or money?

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