Featured Authors Talk About It
ATAI: Tell us a little about you.
Graham Sclater: I am a music publisher and scriptwriter and of course an author.
ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Graham Sclater: I started about fifteen years ago but on several different project and once the first book was published it gave e encouragement to spend a lot of my spare time writing.
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Graham Sclater: My seventh novel is Cowboys and Angels. the title came from a George Michael song and I used it as he died while I was writing it.
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Graham Sclater: Once I have the idea I look for the names of my characters and photographs of how I imagine them.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Graham Sclater: Getting to the end.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Graham Sclater: From newspaper, magazine articles or something I hear. But I need to want to research it. I leave it for as long as it takes before I feel I want to write.
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Graham Sclater: I always carry a notebook including keeping one beneath my pillow. I try to set out as many chapter headings as I can and slowly fill in the gaps as I research the subject. I type up the chapter headings and put them on the wall.
ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?
Graham Sclater: They take on a life of their own and once I have a basis of a story I work from there. I hate some of my characters and the way they act but it works for me.
ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Graham Sclater: Probably a section in my first historical novel Hatred is the Key set in the years 1812-1815 when England was at war with the USA and American prisoners were held here in England.
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Graham Sclater: A novel based around the life of buskers – street entertainers and their world.
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Graham Sclater: I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I did writing them. It took me a long time.
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