David Bramhall

Biography

Composer and author, now a novelist of sorts, and always a grumpy old person with too many opinions. That's what my wife says, anyway.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I spend the best part of a year just jotting ideas down in a computer file, in any old order. Meanwhile, I'm thinking probably 50% of the time about plot and characters and gradually things are taking shape in my mind. In the autumn I go away for a month or so, deliberately going somewhere with no TV, telephone or internet, and write solidly, all day every day. Once I get started I work very fast - "The Black Joke" took five weeks on a freighter to South America and back, "The Bernadette" took four weeks in a remote cottage on the Scottish coast (very cold and windy) while "Rio Sagrado" took only three weeks in the same cottage. I am lucky that I tend to get it right first time, and don't have to do much editing and definitely no re-writes. Proof-reading is a pain, though, and there are always little errors that slip through however hard you try and however many people are helping you.
Describe your desk
Very cluttered, with two laptops and a desktop computer and several piles of papers and letters and the odd book, usually lying open and face down. However, I do tend to remember where everything is. I write myself a lot of post-it notes, and then forget to look at them.
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Where to find David Bramhall online


Where to buy in print


Series

The Greatest Cape
A cross between Treasure Island, The Railway Children and Deliverance, by turns exciting, amusing, charming, alarming, winsome, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words. In three volumes The Greatest Cape follows the slightly bewildered Pertinacious Potts and his annoying sister Fenestra as they battle to understand why the world seems to have such a lethal grudge against them. You will meet the fearsome Urethra Grubb, the worst woman in the world, the emphatic Rosella Prettyfoot, who wears big boots and knows how to use them, Simeon Godly-Twist the sinister preacher and a host of other outlandish characters. There are pirates in the harbour, bullies in the classroom and treasure ... er, well ... somewhere or other ... But cannibals? Surely not. Come on, that's going a bit too far, isn't it?

The Black Joke

Price: Free!

The Bernadette

Price: $2.99 USD.

Rio Sagrado

Price: $2.99 USD.

Turnstone

Price: $2.99 USD.

Patience and the Pyrate

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Honeyplot
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 97,530. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When Roland Bagwich joins the choir at the remote St.Erwald's Abbey, little does he know that within days he will be accused of murdering his friend. But he finds hidden resources of bravery and persistence which enable him to solve the murder, thwart a deadly robbery, and find love in an unexpected place. A book that will be enjoyed by older children and adults alike.
Patience and the Pyrate
Series: The Greatest Cape. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,290. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
The fifth and final volume of the Greatest Cape saga - exciting, amusing, charming, alarming, winsome, violent and strange, a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words. Patience and Silmonella mean well, but even their formidable charm can't keep them out of very serious trouble ...
Aurelia - six ghost stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,200. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"Aurelia" - six ghost tales from the author of The Greatest Cape series of novels, told in limpid, elegant prose by a master story-teller. Be prepared - some will make you weep, one will alarm you, one might amuse you ... and one is absolutely true!
Turnstone
Series: The Greatest Cape. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 133,900. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This fourth volume of The Greatest Cape continues the history of the strange little town by the sea. Pert and Rosella may have grown up and become respectable while Fenestra is enjoying a rather sad retirement among the jungle cannibals, but June and Bertronella are carrying on the family tradition of being thoroughly annoying and interfering in things that don't concern them.
Rio Sagrado
Series: The Greatest Cape. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 127,270. Language: British English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Third volume in the Greatest Cape trilogy and a sequel to The Black Joke and The Bernadette, Fenestra and her friends face the worst crime anyone can imagine, born of lust for gold and the lunacy of a familiar face. By turns exciting, amusing, alarming, charming, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who don't mind a few long words.
The Bernadette
Series: The Greatest Cape. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 131,650. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Bernadette, second volume in The Greatest Cape trilogy, a cross between Treasure Island, The Railway Children and Deliverance ... by turns exciting, amusing, alarming, charming, violent and strange. Reviewers said "absolutely captivating" ... "elegant and easy to read" ... "a real page-turner - couldn't put it down".
The Black Joke
Series: The Greatest Cape. Price: Free! Words: 107,200. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A cross between Treasure Island, The Railway Children and Deliverance, The Black Joke is by turns exciting, amusing, charming, alarming, winsome, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words.

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