Enjoying tea and biscuits at the citadel – Author Graham Smith
I am very pleased to announce that crime writer, Graham Smith, is a guest at the citadel. Graham hails from the Scottish border with England and is quite often found in the town of Gretna Green – famous for being where eloping young couples get married. I am sure that he has supervised hundreds of such matrimonial couplings (and personally fended off swarms of angry, shotgun-toting fathers, to boot).
Welcome, Graham. Are you enjoying your visit to the citadel?
Yes thank you. It's very scenic and peaceful here. I could happily use this place as a writing retreat. Is there somewhere I can plug my laptop in? Do you have wifi?
Tell us what is happening to you at the moment as a writer.
I've just finished the first draft of my debut novel. I have had a story accepted into Action - Pulse Punding Tales - Volume one which is being editing by Matt Hilton and also features such names as Stephen Leather, Adrian Magson, Col Bury and David Barber to name but a few.
Do you have anything exciting lined up for the future?
I am resting from the novel just now and plan to start editing it in a month or so. In the meantime I will be writing a number of short stories in my usual hard boiled manner. I have had a good chat with Harry Charters and he has told me his back story so that is very high on my to do list. I have a recently finished a piece for the Bloody Scotland short story competition and it's a piece which I'm really pleased with.
You are a good friend of legendary detective, Harry Charters. Can you give us any insights into what makes him tick?
Harry is a straightforwardly complex kind of guy. He is a decent person who has hidden himself inside a bottle after he made a bad mistake. He has good values and is honest, polite and caring of others despite his gruff exterior. However once he's crossed or sees a real or imagined injustice then he becomes the devil incarnate. He'll kill without a second thought, maim with impunity and if he wants you to tell him something then you better tell him 'cause he's happy to use torture on you. Conversely while he is not close to his family he loves them dearly and would do anything to protect them.
In answer to your question - we do indeed have wi-fi. In fact it was set up by the gnomes more than 50 years ago, so we are pioneers in the whole field of wireless technology here at the citadel.
Graham has two fantastic books available on Amazon right now. You can have a look at them here: