Exclusive Interview with

Clayton Graham

Let’s start with your Career as a writer!

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When did you start writing?

I have written since my early twenties, on and off, and always loved science fiction. The works of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham enthralled me. They were an escape from the backstreets of Stockport, UK, where I grew up.

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What makes writing your passion?

Just the urge to create and to explore the universe with my characters - an infinite tapestry to weave tales of mystery.

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How long have you been writing?

In terms of publication only for six years or so. The advent of the Indie author landscape was a real blessing.

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

A feeling of accomplishment, even if the book didn't sell - which it has, thankfully - and with good reviews. Every book is a creation of the mind of the author and tells its own story.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

My characters drive the plot. It's their personalities that tell me what to write next and how to pace the action. You can get really close to your characters, even in a short story.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Mostly the need for marketing, which is a self-driven dynamo for the Indie writer, and does not come naturally to us all.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

Don't suffer from this much, but I may have a few days off and do some gardening and go for longer walks. Things that can still leave my mind ticking over in its search for inspiration.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

If you start a book or short story you must finish it - there's no turning back. My advice to new authors is to note down everything you write and store it on the computer. It may not suit now, but it may suit later.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Show respect for every living creature and for the tiny world we live in.

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

Of course. Not every day, but quite frequently. They can be quite educative. My advice on poor reviews is to ignore them.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

In the early days of my writing a feeling of great joy. Nowadays, I almost expect them, but always treasure them.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Not on the personal side, no. Bit hard to do in general circumstances when you write Science Fiction. Maybe a bit of telepathy now and again - just kidding.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

I never base a character on myself, but in terms of sheer doggedness, Stefan Lattanzis from Saving Paludis would come close.

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

The book cover is extremely important these days as it rides with a multitude of company. Is it as important as the story? - probably not, but it comes darn close.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I love to connect with readers. I have a web site and a newsletter which does that very thing: https://claytongraham.com.au/

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

I sincerely thank them for their comments. Being recognized in public is not something I suffer from, thankfully. Not sure I would like it.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

Over the last few decades, Dean Koontz has become my favourite author. He makes the paranormal appear normal – at least in many cases, and he spins a good tale. I do prefer his earlier offerings to his latest ones, though.
HG Wells is also a favourite. An old school author, but a great man of vision.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

Quite happy as I am.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

Not really, but I would like to re-issue 'Silently in the Night' with additional short stories.

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

No one in particular. Sounds like a plot for a movie!

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.

Nothing. Best ignored.

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What would you say to your readers?

I love writing about different worlds and how people would live and interact within them. It's an escape, but it's also an infinite universe, so anything is possible.
I invite readers to join the journey and share the adventures, and to escape from this world's realities now and again.

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Thank you for sharing! Let’s talk about your Personal Life!

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Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?

Live in Australia. Married with children and grandchildren.

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What is your day job if you have one?

Happily retired.

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What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

I love gardening [a creative exercise], walking and reading.

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Did you have a happy childhood?

I was born during World War 2. Life was so much simpler then.
A few years on, we were all survivalists under the threat of nuclear attack. Other than that, it was fine. Very happy, in fact.

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Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?

Came from reading the old school Science Fiction writers such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. I found myself penning short stories when I could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.

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Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?

I am currently writing the third book in the Milijun series - title as yet to be released. Laura Sinclair returns to Earth and finds a changed world. Better or worse? - you must be the judge.

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What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?

A little bit of universal education, amidst all the necessities of survival.

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If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?

Sensible politicians.
World peace.
Great leaders.
Not necessarily in that order.

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What is your favorite music?

Celtic music and anything ethereal.

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Share a secret with us 🙂

I follow Stockport County soccer club from a distance. There's an admission!

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Thank you! We wish you the best of luck for you and your art!