I am so very thrilled to be included as part of Graham Smith’s Blog Tour for Matching the Evidence and delighted that he has agreed to a Question and Answer session with me. This is my second Blog Tour so I really hope I do Graham Smith proud.
So firstly I wish to thank Graham Smith for taking time to answer my questions. There are so many Bloggers about now that it is difficult to come up with something original but what makes it unique are Graham’s answers.
1. Hi and welcome. Could you briefly say how many books you have published and if your current book is part of a series or standalone?
To date I’ve had a short story collection – The Major Crime Team Vol 1: Lines of Enquiry – and a Novel – Snatched from Home – published. I have a novella – The Major Crime Team Vol 2: Matching the Evidence – and a novel – I Know Your Secret – coming out later this year. They are all part of the same series featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team
2. Do you prefer writing about the good guys or bad guys?
I love writing about both. So much so that my main character DI Harry Evans is a good guy who’ll do bad things to get a good result.
3. If you could be a character in one of your books who would you be and why?
It would have to be the main man himself, DI Harry Evans. I love his sense of justice and share a lot of his morals. The fact he drives too fast, drinks too much and insults everyone with a carefree abandon has nothing to do with my decision whatsoever.
4. If there was a film made about you who would play you?
That’s a very good question which is almost impossible to answer. If someone put a gun against my head I’d say Rory McCann who plays The Hound in Game of Thrones.
5. Did you decide to become a writer then sit down to write or was it a story in your mind that simply had to be told?
After tossing a book across the room along with the phrase, “I could do better than that”, for the umpteenth time, it got to the point where I had to put my money where my mouth was.
6. If you could visit with anyone in the past or present day in their time zone who would you want it to be with?
I’d go back to the delivery room where Hitler was born and kill him before he could be responsible for millions of deaths.
7. How do you choose your characters names?
I look at the age, ethnicity and financial status of each character and then cast my mind around people I know who fit the bill. Then I find a name which I think suits. After that the poor character is stuck with it whether they like it or not.
8. How real are your characters to you?
My characters are incredibly real to me as I think about them all the time. There have been many odd moments when I’ve stared into space and just listened to my characters having a conversation in my head.
9. What is around the corner for you and where would you like to be a year from now?
As mentioned before (I really should have read all the questions before answering them) I have the novella and novel out later this year and I’m working with a brilliant
director who’s filming short segments of Snatched from Home with eh aim of securing backing to adapt the novel for either TV or film. It’s early days and there are a lot of obstacles that can stop us but we have faith. This time next year I’d like to still be writing stories about DI Harry Evans and his team.
10. Are you ok with readers contacting you and if so how and where would they do this?
I love readers contacting me and can be found on Twitter @Grahamsmith1972 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor I’m on the Book of Faces far more than Twitter so it’s by far the best place to holler at me.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT GRAHAM SMITH
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
He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.
Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND 5 STAR REVIEW
It wasn’t as much that I devoured this book but more that the book devoured me. I was #TeamEvans in amongst the best. Graham Smith was no longer part of this equation, just Harry, The Team and me.
This is a novella, what should be a quick read but Graham Smith leaves you wondering how he manages to get so much story into so few pages and yet leave such a massive impact on you. It feels like a compressed version of a full novel. Just add reader and it will grow. A Tardis in book form!
The Major Crime Unit is quite a compact unit with each person bringing their own unique personality to the table. They aren’t a lay down, can’t do it sort of people but more a lets get this done no matter what, until there are consequences later from the powers that be. So as the Team take their punishment on the chin for not following protocol last time, you think this is hard to swallow but rules are rules. So what starts off as a heart in your mouth football hooligan get together and kick the hell out of each other story, ends up with a swipe your legs totally from underneath you story that was impossible to see coming!
A superb highly recommended novella that can be read as a stand alone read but best as part of the series. I wish to thank Graham Smith, Caffeine Nights Publishers and Noelle for asking me to take part in the Tour and for an advanced copy of this novella.
HOW TO CONTACT GRAHAM SMITH AND LINKS TO THIS NOVELLA AND THE REST OF THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Matching the Evidence https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matching-Evidence-Major-Crimes-Team-ebook/dp/B01JJ5D1AC
I Know Your Secret – Out October 2016