An Interview with Author Graham Garrity!

Today, I'm interviewing children's author Graham Garrity! Graham has written two books so far, with one thing in common -- they're both about whimsical, fantastical subjects! (I couldn't help noticing that they're also only 99 cents each on Amazon, so if you want to snatch a bargain, you can go check them out!). You can connect with Graham on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

Thanks for chatting with me today, Graham!

First, tell us a bit about yourself.

At school I was the kid who never paid attention. My English grades were always D or E, and I once received a report from a Geography teacher that said, 'This lad does well to find his way home.'

On leaving school I began work in a local factory as a maintenance engineer. Ten years later I applied to join the police. It was one of my better decisions. I spent several years as a detective and worked on numerous burglary, robbery and murder investigations. I retired in 2011.

Besides writing I enjoy photography, walking, rugby and football (watching not playing, I'm too old now), travel and my garden.

What books have you written, and what genre are they?

I have written two children's books:

The Sound Catcher 

Bullies, Ghosts and Jars Full of Smoke.

Tell us more about your books!

Once a sound is made it does not simply disappear, as most people think. It becomes a stray sound, floating through the atmosphere before popping up in a variety of places, usually with alarming consequences.

When Chloe bangs her head she begins to see strange coloured clouds, which happen to be stray sounds. Unexpectedly she meets the Sound Catcher, whose job it is to gather up stray sounds so that can't go round scaring people.  As they zoom around the country on The Sound Machine catching stray sounds things take a turn for the worse when they uncover a plot to steal the Crown Jewels. Between the two of them they come up with a plan to foil the thieves. The trouble is the plan is so outrageous there's no guarantee that it will work.

Bullies, Ghosts and Jars Full of Smoke is about Phil and Andy Lewis who are being bullied at school. With the help of their friends, Leena and Bob, they come up with a plan to get the bully off their backs once and for all. The plan entails enlisting the help of Degville and Percy, two ghosts who haunt an ancient manor house. 

What ages are your books for?

They are aimed at children aged 7 - 11 years. They are, however, suitable for reading to younger children.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

The idea for The Sound Catcher came to me one day when my two children were being very noisy. I thought to myself that if I could make a machine that could capture all the noise that children made parents everywhere would be forever grateful. The story developed from there.

Bullies, Ghosts and Jars Full of Smoke is based, in part, on personal experiences. I was bullied as a child and dreaded going to school. When not being bullied I spent time with my friends playing in the grounds of an ancient manor house not far from my home. According to locals the manor house was haunted. By combining the themes of bullying and ghosts I was able to come up with a fun read for children.

How did you come up with your characters?

Most of my characters are based on personal observation and recall. When writing about a character I visualise someone I know then exaggerate their good or bad points to make them more interesting. 

The Sound Catcher, however, was purely imagination. 

When did you first start writing?

I first started writing about twenty years ago. I had a computer that was sitting idle and decided it was time to put it to good use. My first attempts were terrible,. Some time later I entered a local writing competition and won the children's category. That gave me the enthusiasm to continue writing.

Where do you like to write?

I have a study at home that is crammed with books. Whenever I get writer's block I look at all those books and think, 'all those authors had writer's block at one time or another'. Knowing that I'm not the only one that's suffered makes the whole process of writing that much easier.

What are some of your favorite books?

As a child I liked Enid Blyton, The Otterbury Incident, Stig of the Dump, Jennings and Derbyshire books and Just William.

Do you have any advice for up-and-coming authors?

Keep writing. If you write rubbish it's better than not writing at all. You can't edit something that you haven't written.

Why do you write?

To try to put a smile on children's faces and get them interested in reading.

Thanks for sharing with us, Graham!

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Graham's latest release

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