They’ve been at it again!

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Monica Leahy, from GLAM Adelaide, recently reviewed “GOTH” – the first book I wrote. A little tweeter gave me a heads-up last Friday morning and it’s out there for the world to share.

I was particularly pleased with her comments, because she was reviewing a book I had no intention of letting others read when I finished writing it. “GOTH” was my first step into the world of writing novels and was riddled with typos and plot errors. Several years and edits later, and after a great deal of urging by family and close friends to send it out into the ether, I released it in December of 2014. To read the comments now of a totally impartial judge is extremely satisfying.

From her comments, however, I’m sure she wasn’t aware that she had just read the first book in a series of 7. The second part of the tale (WYTCH: A Most Noble Profession) was released in December 2015 and the third book will hopefully be released in the coming month or so.

The link for the review is as follows:

Book Review: Goth, by Graham Kenyon

I’d like to send out a personal thank-you to Monica for her efforts and her comments, and would also like to take this opportunity to say: though my choice of weapon used by Francis Thornton may be a little jarring for some, you may rest assured – it was completely deliberate!

As they say in the classics… all will be revealed 😉

gg… over and out!

O Canada…

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Here’s throwing out a belated, but very warm welcome to my new reader in Canada. I have no way of knowing who you are, but thanks to the data provided by Amazon, I know in which country the purchase was made. Welcome aboard… I hope it entertains and pleases.

It’s inevitable, when you throw your hat into the creative ring, that someone is guaranteed to ask the age-old question; “What will you do with all that money, when you’re famous?”

It began like this… at an age so long ago that I can’t even recall, I had an idea for what I thought might be a good story – but did nothing with it! I mean, what did I know about writing books? When I left school, the career choices I made had nothing to do with the literary world – in fact, for several years, the closest I ever came to having a ‘Best-Seller’ in my hands was while thumbing through new titles on the Newsstand at Strathfield Railway Station!

Over the next 30-odd years, as much as I tried to ignore them, the ideas kept coming; sometimes they came months apart – sometimes, in a flood and all at once. But, doubting my ability to turn them into something other people might find read-worthy, I developed a strategy for ignoring them.

By the time I reached 50, like the buried box in the movie ‘Jumanji’, the ideas were drumming so loud in my head that I could no longer push them away. I stared at a blank screen on my computer for three days before I struck the first key… Goth (a story I only ever wrote for myself, to prove I could actually do it) wasn’t going to be held back any longer and, though riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, all 500 pages were out just 12 weeks later. I started my next title straight away and the rest, as they say…

For me, writing is something I feel compelled to do. I don’t think much about fame or financial gain and would never measure success in such a way. Success, for me, is realised when my current work is completed and made available to an audience – let them decide the merits of what I’ve created. The way I see it is: if one person reads one of my titles and has something favourable to say about it, then other people might also enjoy reading it. People should have access to an author’s work no matter where they live – and if a story is good enough to captivate a reader, then that reader can become an advocate.

The challenge for me then, since making the decision to place my stories in the public domain, has been about doing what I can to raise an awareness of my presence as a writer and an interest in my creations. I’m at my absolute happiest, not when the bell rings on the till, but when I register the sale of one of my titles in another country – particularly, one where I’ve not sold a book before.

Welcome, my new and anonymous Canadian Friend. In years to come you’ll be able to say: “I knew him before he was famous!”

 

gg… over and out!

 

It’s ‘Hats-Off’ to Akubra!

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What price, a hat?

During our lives, each of us carries around our own inner demon – some of us carry more than one.

As we select which paths we will take, on our own personal journey from cradle to grave, our progress is judged in many ways and by all sorts of people. Some know us well, some know us very little… some we will meet and some, we’ll never get to meet at all.

While I actively seek the input and advice of family and friends on many levels, I’ve never paid a great deal of attention to what is said or thought of me by others. People will make up their own minds on whether they believe my lifetime contribution is admirable or not, but when it comes to judgement, I prefer to turn my critical eye to how well I’ve been able to face my own inner demons.

A man – not known to me personally, yet no more than an arm’s length away – has spent a significant portion of his life facing his own personal trials. At times, he shows himself to be a man of intricate nature; at other times, he is demonstrably simplistic… and all the time, as he manages these shifts and tries to make sense of them, he ekes out an existence in a world which is fast, aggressive, and can be frightfully unforgiving.

One of the coping mechanisms he developed to assist him along his path through life was to create a hobby. He could have chosen to build plastic model cars, weave baskets or string beads together; instead, he gives thought to the things he might need to help him in some small way and takes on the challenge of writing letters to influential people.

I was motivated to write this post after recently hearing the outcome of one such interaction. My challenge here is to maintain the privacy of the people concerned, while at the same time, acknowledging an act of corporate thoughtfulness and decency. Enter Akubra!

Faced with very limited financial resources, yet feeling the need to mark a significant occasion with an appropriate gift, this young man wrote to Akubra to ask if there was anything they could do to help. The recipient of the letter was so taken by the depth of sincerity it contained that he/she was moved to respond favourably.  No doubt, Mr or Ms Akubra was happy to do so. The young man was happy with the response he got, and the ultimate recipient of the gift was extremely happy to receive it.

Today, and tomorrow, this man will face even more challenges and will keep on facing them. I’m happy in knowing he has learned – that the severity of the challenges we all face can be lessened, if only we would take the time to reach out to others. There’s always someone out there who is willing to listen… and willing to help!

Thanks Akubra! A small act of charity on your part has left an afterglow that will burn very brightly, for a very long time.

 

gg… over and out!