Chuffed to bits to be joined by the fabulous crime writer and creator of DI Harry Evans Graham Smith today to tell us about the authors and books that have influenced his life and writing!
Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
I read the Famous Five and Secret Seven books before moving on to the Hardy Boys. After that I progressed onto adult fiction.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
I was shockingly bad at it and failed my ‘O’ levels twice. The school appealed without my knowledge and I was granted a pass after I’d actually left the school. Because I struggled with it I didn’t enjoy it too much, but I remember having to read The Hobbit as one of the books we were given. I loved it so much I went out and bought the Lord of the Rings which I still love.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
I only read crime or thrillers and as I write crime thrillers I can’t deny their influence.
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
I couldn’t write in any other genre than crime and thrillers. I have never read other genres so have no understanding of what should or shouldn’t be in romance or sci-fi etc.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
A number of authors convinced me I should try my hand at writing, but it was usually because I’d launched their books across the room muttering that I could write a better story myself. I will not name or shame any of them for without their un-liked efforts I may have never started writing myself.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
There are a huge number of people I could include in this list but I’m going for the potted version. Matt Hilton, Craig Russell, Eva Dolan and Tom Cain are all authors whose books I MUST have as soon as possible.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
I’m going to choose The Guillotine Choice by Michael J. Malone. It’s based on a true story and despite knowing this (and the outcome) I was entranced by the story which was written with a charisma I could only aspire to.
Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
I would hope that none of my plots have actually happened as I try to bring them from left field rather than current events. It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility but so far as I’m aware, my plots haven’t actually happened. All my characters are made up from little snippets of friends, family, people I’ve met through work, life and general living.
A huge thank you for taking part.
You’re welcome, thanks so much for having me.
About Graham Smith
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009.
He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.
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