Graham Watkins

Biography

Hi. I'm Graham Watkins and I have spent the last few years researching welsh legends and myths. It has been a wonderful project and great fun as I explored rugged mountains, mysterious castles, enchanting waterfalls and golden beaches to discover the tales that have been handed down from generation to generation. Wales is a land of mystery and being a Celtic race the Welsh are fantastic story tellers.

Earlier in my life, I was a ships engineer and travelled across the world. When I got married I had a choice; return to sea or stay home with my new bride. I stayed and went into sales. In 1989 I started my own company and it prospered.

I sold the business in 2003 and, with my wife, ran away to a rambling farmhouse high in the Brecon Beacons. I learnt a lot selling the business and decided to write a book about how I did it. That's how I started writing. Today, I am a writer, hobby farmer and explorer. It's all been great fun and the story isn't over yet. My latest book 'Birth of a Salesman' has just been published and there are more to follow. Watch out for 'Blood and Dragons - The History of Carmarthenshire and the Gower.'

My current project 'The Iron Masters', is a historical novel, my first, chronicling the life of Nye Vaughn, a farm boy who becomes the most powerful arms manufacturer in the world. His cannons enabled Nelson to win the Battle of Trafalgar and cleared the field of French infantry at Waterloo.

Smashwords Interview

How did you become a writer?
In 2003 I negotiated the sale of our family business to a PLC. It was an intimidating experience which I was totally unprepared for. Leading a team forward and motivating them to achieve great things is very different from selling the business and the people in it. The very idea made me feel like a Judas. Looking for guidance, I realised there were few books that explained what was involved in layman's terms or how to succeed. Without the help of one man, an incredibly professional advisor I found by accident it would have been a disaster. He guided me through the process, constantly stopping me from making silly mistakes. Without his guidance I would have sold for a much lower price or possibly failed to sell at all.
I decided to write about how to sell a company to help others in the same situation but had no writing experience. My wife suggested a correspondence course for creative writing and I signed up. One of the first assignments was to get a letter published in a woman's magazine. I felt silly writing it but the exercise and the other lessons that followed did the trick. The first edition of 'Exit Strategy - A practical guide to selling your business' was published as a paperback in 2006. A second edition and eBook versions have followed.
What's the first story you ever wrote?
An embarrassing tale titled 'Birth of a Salesman' based on my own experiences. At the time, I was very proud of it and sent the first three chapters to a well know writer asking for his opinion. I was expecting a reply congratulating me on my style and wit. What I got was a lesson that brought me down to earth. He wrote back saying, 'I was writing rubbish and should stop immediately.' Fortunately he went on to add some more practical advice including my favourite, that you should write a piece, leave it to ferment for a few days, go back to it and cut, cut, cut. Since then I have reworked 'Birth of a Salesman' and published it in 2012.
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Books

Supernatural Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,630. Language: British English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Supernatural Stories is a collection of thirty one short stories. In them, a cast of demons, goblins, evil spirits, murderers and other frighteners, chill and entertain.
The Iron Masters - An Historical Novel of the Napoleonic Wars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,800. Language: British English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Nye Vaughn, a humble farm boy, walked to Merthyr to find his destiny, unaware that a war was coming which would engulf the known world and make bold men rich. To fight Bonaparte, Britain needed cannons, thousands of them. Vaughn built the largest foundry of them all and made his fortune but, when the world changed, the iron behemoth he constructed turned on him.
How to Sell Ice to Eskimos
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: British English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales & selling / management
In How to Sell Ice to Eskimos Graham Watkins shares forty years of selling and marketing experience encapsulated in 175 easy to understand selling tips and sales techniques.
Welsh Follies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,850. Language: British English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » European
Welsh Follies reveals the secrets, stories and scandals of sixty Welsh follies. Who built them, why they were built and what they were really for are all explained together with other interesting and surprising facts as Graham tells all.
Welsh Legends and Myths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,160. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » European
A collection of sixty four entertaining Welsh legends, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in four volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’.
Exit Strategy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 34,170. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
How to increase the value of your company and sell it. "If you are in business and want a happy ending, I recommend that you read this book." Phil Oliver - Senior Partner - UHY Hacker Young.
Birth of a Salesman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,760. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales & selling / management
This is the story of a salesman who worked for Averys, the biggest scale company in the world and how he learned secrets that only the most professional salesmen share. In these pages the techniques and tips that make selling easy, are revealed. ‘Birth of a Salesman’ explores the unique world of the specialty salesman who finds and closes his own deals.

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