Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?
Graham is my pen name.
In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?
I was born in Toronto (Canada), lived in Calgary for 17 years, then moved to Nova Scotia 4 years ago. I’m a Canadian through and through!
Which genres do you write in?
I write mostly Historical Fiction, and while my covers may look like “Romance,” they’re not. I prefer to call it “Historical Adventure.”
How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)
Berkley Sensation / Penguin US published Under the Same Sky in January 2012, then Sound of the Heart in May 2012. They are publishing the third in the series, Out of the Shadows in Aug/Sept 2013.
Under the Same Sky
Which is your most current published novel?
Out of the Shadows, but it won’t be released until Aug/Sept 2013. So technically I guess Sound of the Heart is my most recent.
What’s the working title of the next book you plan to publish?
Tides of Honour
Do you read hard cover, paper books, ebooks or audio? Or a mixture?
I read paperbacks and ebooks. When I used to do more driving I was absolutely addicted to audio books.
If you could be a character from a book (not one you’ve written), which would you choose?
Claire Beauchamp Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series.
What are the first 300 words in you latest novel (ending with a period)?
Before death comes silence. It hovers during the final heartbeat, in the moment between the screams, moans, whimpers of the dying and the final puff of air. A breath suspended, waiting, held in expectation or discovery. Silence is the last sound a dying person hears.
Dougal was no stranger to the voices of the dying, but he had never heard the silence within himself. Not yet. The tones and timbres of last words and final pleas were familiar, though. He had heard them countless times as they slashed at men’s hearts and bodies, separating souls from skeletons.
Dougal was a warrior, born and trained to kill. Death was simply part of his life. In the heat of battle blood roared so ferociously through his head he barely heard the men’s voices anymore as they screamed defiance or whispered frantic prayers of disbelief, crying of futures never met.
But on this bloody morning in April 1746, one voice cut through the curtain of noise, yanking Dougal from his battle frenzy. The sound was small, almost buried beneath the misery, and yet he heard it: a voice he knew so well, distorted by grief and pain. The sound of dying squeezed through his father’s throat, hacking Dougal’s heart wide open.
His father had known this would not go well. Before the butchering began, Dougal had looked into Duncan MacDonnell’s liquid blue eyes, tearing from the cold, and had seen the knowledge. He focused on the words in his father’s mind, hearing them clearly, though they were more of a prayer than a thought. When Duncan gathered his sons to him for what would be the final time, Dougal saw defiance in the set of his father’s chin. He also saw the sweat of fear on his brow.
“I’m proud o’ ye, my lads,” Duncan said.
Who is your favourite character in this most recently published book?
The hero, Dougal MacDonnell
The questions from a to l are for your main character in your most recently published novel:
a) Name: Dougal MacDonnell
b) Male or Female: male
c) Age: 22
d) Where were they born? West coast of Scottish Highlands.
e) What is their favourite colour? green
f) Are they married? If so, what is their spouse’s name? Glenna
g) Do they have children? How many? no children
h) Are their parents dead or alive? dead. Killed by the bloody English
i) Who is their best friend? brother: Andrew
j) Who is their worst enemy? The English Army as a whole
k) What is their favourite flavour of ice cream? what’s ice cream?
l) What do they fear the most? feeling helpless
Now, back to you. A few quick questions:
Favourite colour: Burgundy
Favourite movie: Pride & Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version)
Favourite song: Hallelujah (KD Lang)
Favourite musical artist: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Favourite ice cream flavour: Coffee
Biggest dream you hope to accomplish before kicking the bucket: Travel the Scottish Highlands
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