Today's featured guest,
As a hotel manager and husband and father I find that my writing has to be slotted in around lot of other commitments.
My average day sees me finish work and then head home. I tend to spend time catching up with my family until my son goes to bed or at least upstairs to his room. I can then spend anything between ten minutes and two hours catching up on E-mails, Facebooking and dealing with all other social media. Then if I have energy left I will lift up the laptop and start pounding the keys.
I tend to write sitting on the couch with the TV on low in the background. I don’t write every night, but I do try and do something connected with writing everyday. Whether it is the promoting either of my Ebooks, an update for my blog or taking part in interviews or guest posts such as this, I do a little bit almost every day.
At the time of writing I’m roughly ten thousand words away from finishing my debut novel. The grand plan is to finish the first draft and then take a month off to let it slip from my mind while I crank out some short stories. Then I’ll edit the novel and try to get a publishing deal.
A call from work, a football match or an invitation to go for a pint can disrupt my writing at any point although I’m much more disciplined than I used to be. Short story writing is much easier for me to tackle as a discipline as the end is always nearer.
Being in the service industry my days off tend to be midweek so they often afford me a good few hours to crank out a few thousand words although Mrs The Wife can often demand some of my time.
I’m also an avid reader of crime fiction and I review for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com so I also have to find time to write reviews. It isn’t easy juggling all this but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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. For the last eleven years 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 for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.
As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socializing and spending time with friends and family.
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Amazon Author Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/grahamsmith