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
Today as part of the blogtour for his latest release Matching The Evidence: The Major Crimes Team Vol 2 he’s taking the 12 word challenge for LifeOfCri.me
LOC: Your latest release Matching The Evidence is the next instalment of your series featuring DI Harry Evans, what can you tell us about it?
GS: Football hooligans are descending on Carlisle and Evans has to neutralise them
LOC: And how would you sum up Harry to someone new to your writing?
GS: An irascible, dinosauric bag of contradictions fighting against the meteorite.
LOC: How would you describe your writing process?
GS: Arduous and exhilarating depending on the part of the story
LOC: What’s the most challenging thing you’ve faced in your writing career?
GS: Getting published. It’s also tough for emerging authors to get noticed.
LOC: Any wise words for aspiring authors?
GS: Read your genre and write comprehensive reviews to better understand narrative flow.
LOC: Describe your perfect getaway
GS: Anywhere I can write, read, drink and smoke with those I love.
LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months and why?
GS: Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand.
GS: An utterly compelling debut novel which sparkles on every page.
and finally just for laughs……
LOC: Thanks to author Howard Lynskey you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of a TV Talent show, with only a pint of beer, a performing seal and a beach ball. What do you do?
GS: Down the pint before the seal got the ball onto its nose.