Non-fiction, folklore, history, novels
|Hi. I'm Graham Watkins and I have several
years researching Welsh legends and myths. It has been a wonderful
project and great fun as I explored rugged mountains, mysterious
castles, enchanting waterfalls and golden beaches to discover the tales
that have been handed down from generation to generation. Wales is a
land of mystery and being a Celtic race the Welsh are fantastic story
That's how I started writing. Today, I am a novelist, hobby farmer and explorer. It's all been great fun and the story isn't over yet. Checkout my website, for the latest news and details of free books which I love to give away. Right now I'm giving away 'The Iron Masters - Volume 1 For the Love of Eira' and 'Legends and Myth from North Wales' containing a collection of sixteen legends and myths from Wales. I know you'll enjoy them and come back for more.
Questions for Graham
1.Are you working on another book?
I'm currently recording and publishing my Welsh Legends and Myths as an audio book and once that is done, I will be getting back to writing. I have a number of plot ideas for another thriller.
2. What is your preferred genre?
I've experimented in various genres but my favourite is historical fiction.
3.What do you love most about writing in your genre?
What do I like most about writing historical fiction? That's an easy one to answer; it's the research.
4.What is your writing style?
I love to create structured organic plots.
5. What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
I draw my inspiration from everyday life and the ideas for two of my books, A White Man's War and The Sicilian Defence came from holidays.
6.Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite?
Nye Vaughn, the main character in my novel The Iron Masters.
7. What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
Colonel Baden-Powell who is in A White Man's War although, being a real person, he isn't strictly a character.
8.What is the biggest surprise that you experienced by becoming a writer?
I read somewhere that Enid Blyton wrote 6000 words a day. My biggest surprise was how slow I would be. 1000 words a day is about all I can manage. After that my mind wanders.
9.What has been the best compliment?
A two line email from a man in South Africa saying how much he enjoyed reading A White Man's War and complimenting me on my research.
10.Tell us a little about your plans for the future?
To grow old gracefully and hope I never run out of ink.
Read an interview with Graham on Judith Barrow's blog.