Martin Bryce


Graham Houghton was born in Liverpool, UK and spent a fortunate childhood growing up wild and free on the fringe of the Lake District. Badly educated at a minor English public school which was staffed largely by emotional refugees from WW II, he then made the mistake of starting his working life in the military. After receiving a right bollocking from his CO for defending himself against a sexual assault by a more senior officer cadet at RMA Sandhurst he left for the love of a girl - thank you JP. Thank you also for running off with that dickhhead who sold toilets to local councils, thus leaving him free to meet the woman he's now been married to for 37 years. After a string of more or less, mostly less interesting jobs, he eventually fell into bed with archaeology and has never left it. And along the way he has written - technical reports, 38 children's books some of which are available secondhand on Amazon, newspaper and magazine articles, an award-winning (Los Angeles, 2010) screenplay 'Cry of the Dreamer', which needs representation, and the ebook 'Boracic Lint', a darkly comic tale in which Father Christmas turns to drink. Sailing, diving, exploring, theatre, literature, good food and wine, these are all things that amuse him. But his greatest achievement is being one half of a partnership that has produced three of the finest people you could hope to meet - thank you JH. He now lives in Australia and wonders... why?

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Carpentry, photography, theatre, walking, diving, sailing. Of course there's always the unexpected like having to administer CPR, or dialling triple zero for the exsanguinating attempted suicide you just found. But these are rare. The mundane more accurately defines us than the highs and lows of life. For example, I've just put a loaf of bread into the oven to bake. That has fulfilled. the creative impulse today and will give me great pleasure later on. It's a self-sufficiency thing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks. Does that surprise you? Actually that's not entirely true; I have read one. Its title is 'Unavoidably Detained' and it was written by a Royal Marine officer I served under in a former life. Badly written, but worse, the editing is an absolute disgrace. It should be a required text for Editing 101 - how not to do it. No, I have to have real pages to turn.
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Boracic Lint
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 66,790. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
An out of work actor with a serious superiority complex lands work playing Santa Claus in the grotto of the world famous London department store, Harridges. It seems like child's play , it turns out to be anything but. Every ounce of his improvisation skills is challenged by the children who come to see him. His colleagues stretch his wit and wisdom to the limit until he makes a fateful decision.

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