Book Review #13

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Robert Grieves: A 28-year-old teacher from England who is on his summer holiday. Although he wishes the vacation or holiday (as they call it in England) were permanent as he is restless and bored with his life.Robert goes from Thailand to Cambodia and with a bit of good luck wins $2000 at a casino. He wants to stay until his money runs out. Then comes along Simon Beauchamp, who arrives in Cambodia shortly after Robert. Simon is an American. Things happen and Simon out plays and out smarts poor Robert with alcohol and drugs. Soon Robert is  out of his winnings from the casino and passport.

It gets confusing a little bit because the author quickly jump characters and some of the passages were entirely dedicated to one character while others were a mixup of characters, saying things and doing things in just a few short sentences. I personally found it kind of distracting and hard to follow at times.

The first few chapters do move a bit slowly for my liking and that might risk losing a few readers, I almost gave up reading at one point. On the flipside the descriptions were very detailed and gave the dark almost brooding atmosphere to the book. As you get deeper and deeper into the book, The book gets better and better . I honestly liked this book. I like how the author wrapped everything up. I would say this is a psychological thriller with suspense I will keep you guessing until the very last page don’t give up on it just keep with it I recommend this book because of the unique story set in a foreign land.

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Interview with David Graham

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Welcome all.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing David Graham author of ‘The Screaming’

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Hi David, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Where are you from?

  •  I live in Kent, UK. That’s about an hour from London.

Tell us your latest News/Current Projects

  •  I’ve just completed the sequel to my last novel, ‘The Screaming’. It’s entitled ‘The Knowing’ and is due to be published by Urbane Publications early 2017. I’ve also started writing the third book in the series, with the working title of ‘The Vanishing’. There’s another book simmering away on the backburner that’s a psychological thriller, which I’m letting develop slowly.

When/Why did you begin writing?

  •  I started writing fiction in autumn 2012 when I left my job with the NHS at a teaching hospital in London. I’d written non-fiction before that, including research papers and the like. The notion of writing a novel had been bubbling away for years, but my job always seemed to get in the way!

What genre are your books?

  •  Broadly speaking, they’re thrillers, but with a little horror and plenty of the paranormal. I’ve also dabbled in MM romance, writing under a pseudonym, but I probably won’t return to that any time soon!

What draws you to this genre?

  •  I enjoy writing about things on the edge of normality. Although I’m not a believer in the supernatural, I try to imagine a scientific reality that allows the paranormal to exist.

When did you first, without hesitation call yourself a writer?

  •  Probably when I signed a traditional publishing contract, although I wouldn’t say that was “without hesitation”. I’m still a ‘Doctor’ as far as my passport is concerned, though!

What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?

  •  Going through someone else’s edits. Aaagh!

 In ten words or less, Describe your writing style.

  •  Ironic, self-deprecating and humorous.

What books have influenced your life the most?

  •  Life? That’s a biggie. I’d probably have to say James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room’ closely followed by Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

  •  Not really. I use a laptop to get the words down and then a desktop PC with a large screen to do the editing.

Do you have a special time to write?

  •  I find going away on vacation is the most productive time to write. It’s hard to beat sitting by the pool on a Greek island with a glass of white wine to hand.

Where do your ideas come from?

  •  Most of the time, they just appear. Dreams have helped from time to time.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

  •  Roughly six months to complete the first draft.

 Favorite Quote?

  •  “Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.” (Douglas Adams, ‘Mostly Harmless’)

What makes a good story?

  •  Believable characters and a pacey plot with plenty of twists.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Twitter: @DavidGrahamAuth

Website: davidgrahamauthor.com

Book link: Amazon US http://goo.gl/c2CA7I

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23635146-the-screaming?from_search=true

 Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview