Let me introduce you all to Graeme Ing, an engineer of peculiar worlds! He’s guest blogged on my site a few times now… How we met? He contacted me after reading another author interview off my site, and so the networking began! Graeme is an author of two published books, one Dark Fantasy and the other a YA Fantasy.
Graeme, can you give us a short summary of both your published books?
Hello Katherine, and thanks so much for inviting me. My first book is a YA fantasy, “Ocean of Dust.” Yes, the Oceans of this world are made of a fine gray powder, not water. Our heroine, Lissa, is thrust into a harrowing adventure on a “pirate” ship. She doesn’t have a lot of allies on board and many folks are downright cruel. As the ship sails the dust ocean, she develops a rare talent linking her to the ocean and the mysterious creatures that live in it. Next year, I shall be writing sequels, because people keep asking me “what happens next?” Besides, I love Lissa’s guts and determination, and her little sidekick, Branda, is adorable.
“Necromancer” is a dark fantasy. Maldren is our necromancer hero, and he needs to save the city he loves from a fiery elemental intent on burning it to the ground. I particularly wanted to show that a necromancer could be a good guy, not an ancient, sinister old man that summons icky things. That said, bizarre undead abound, plenty of unique spells, adventures into the undercity, and through it all Maldren begins to fall in love with his female apprentice. His only way to save the city is to ally with a murderous, ancient ghost. The pact almost costs him everything he holds dear.
The cover imagery on these is beautiful. Can you tell why you went with these images and who designed them?
I love covers that convey character emotion and a unique setting. Erin Dameron Hill is my amazing cover designer, and I think she nailed it. Here’s her site. I adore the mood and use of color that she brings to her designs. Everyone seems to fall in love with them. Thank you, Erin!
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Graeme-Ing/e/B00A1IOUD4/
Book Links: www.graemeing.com/books/
I hear that you’re currently working on a sci-fi mystery. Tell us a bit about that and when can we expect it out?
It’s titled “Emergence.” A millennium ago, the Ancients constructed a mammoth cave underground, to protect the survivors of the Cataclysm. Now the Ancients, the Cataclysm and the Surface remain only as stories. But the Cavern is beginning to fail… If I’ve done my job right, this will be one of these books where the reader is hooked into determining the reality of the situation. As the plot progresses, the reader can attempt to piece it together, only to discover new layers. I hope the final reality is a pleasant surprise. Expect it in the 2nd half of 2016.
You grew up in England but moved to California in the late 90’s. Can you tell us a bit about what sparked your move?
Cold and rainy weather. Seriously, as a geek who works in software engineering, what better place to live than California? San Diego has a gorgeous climate with sweeping hills and blue ocean. I’ll always love England, but California is a great place to live.
Other than writing fantastic books, do you have other unique talents?
Well, thank you. Nothing unique, I don’t think. Unless you count that I can bend my thumbs back 90 degrees? No, I didn’t think so. I’m a geek, nerd, gamer, armchair astronomer and explorer, pilot, and am currently taking sailing lessons. Why that’s taken me 20 years in a sailing mecca like San Diego, I have no idea. According to one of my six cats, Pippin, I have a unique lap, because I’m the only one he likes to sit on. Does that count?
Was there a defining moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
That decision brewed over about 30 years. I remember writing my own stories and screenplays when I was nine, typing them on a manual typewriter. That should have been a hint to me. I wrote a lot in my twenties, but it was only about 10 years ago that it suddenly occurred to me that “Hey, I want to be an author.” Now I’m committed and don’t plan on ever stopping. Probably the defining moment was after reading “Lord of the Rings”, aged 7. My imagination went into overdrive after that. To this day I have hundreds and hundreds of book ideas scribbled down.
What’s one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in becoming a published author?
This industry amazes me every day, as do the wonderful people in it. The most surprising discovery was that people actually enjoyed my books enough to write to me. I appreciate every review and email, and love to chat to readers about what other books they like. I never imagined that readers could be so kind and generous with their time to engage me on social media or send me emails. That’s what makes this whole thing worthwhile – bringing a smile to readers.
I always ask this… If your book were optioned to become a TV show or movie, who would you cast as the main characters? Just pick one of your books.
Great question! I happen to have written a blog about it! I have a cast for “Ocean of Dust” picked out. Emily Kinney (lately of “The Walking Dead”) is perfect for my heroine Lissa. The cute, little Branda would be played by Kailee Bauer. Everyone knows Paul Bettany. He can play the cruel First Officer, Farq. (booo!) The creepy ship’s navigator, Oban, would be played by Ian McDiarmid (yes, he was the Emperor in “Star Wars”.) Finally, Orlando Bloom would be great as the handsome officer. Mampalo, that becomes one of Lissa’s best friends.
And last but not least… Give us fun fact about one of your books for all your fans out there.
My favourite of all the characters in my books is the immortal Phyxia, from “Necromancer.” I had such enormous fun writing her scenes. At that time, I formed the habit of eating pistachios while I wrote, and that’s why in the book she has a passion for “jit-nuts,” which she can scoff by the bowlful. Expect to see Phyxia in future books.
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with me Graeme! Best of luck with your writing. I’m sure we’ll chat again soon.