Interviewed by Sue Leonard.
Published on 7th December.
Beginner’s Pluck. David Graham
David didn’t start writing until his late thirties. He has worked as a building site labourer, a scaffolder, a bank assistant, and an IT programmer. Then at 34 he went to college.
“I had a few false starts with my writing,” he says. “I tried different genres, then I decided to draw on things that I’d learned from my extensive travels. I submitted a draft of Incitement; then I rewrote it, but never submitted it again. I was busy with the MBA, work, and moving house.
“I was driving to the office earlier this year, when I heard about the John Murray Show, RTE Guide Kazoo Novel Competition. I entered and later heard I was on the shortlist of five. Then I won! That was amazing. I am so grateful to everyone concerned.”
Who is David Graham?
Date of birth: December 1968, in Dublin.
Education: Ardscoil Ris, Marino. Irish Management Institute; BA Management. Smurfit Business School; Executive MBA.
Family: Wife Helena, sons Lucas 8 and Ruben, 6, adopted from Guatemala.
The Day Job: General Manager of my own business.
Interests: Walking, spending times with kids, and keep fit.
Favourite Writers: James Ellroy; John D Macdonald; Elmore Leonard; Simon Kernick; James Lee Burke.
Second Novel: I have finished a draft of my second book. It’s a different kind of thriller.
Top Writing Tip: Act your way into a feeling, rather than feel your way into an action. Just start writing.
Web: www.davidgrahambooks.com Twitter: @davidangraham
A war has erupted between two drugs superpowers. Diane Mesi, A DEA Agent becomes convinced that the attacks are orchestrated by a third party, but she is marginalised, her judgement challenged. Meanwhile Michael Larsen, a hired mercenary hopes that by directing the violence he can attain redemption.
“I liked the idea of one evil trying to destroy another when a third party emerges. The novel has a factual backdrop based on intensive research.”
The Verdict: An exciting action thriller, with lots of twists.
© Sue Leonard 2013