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Monday, 22 October 2012

Interview: Graham J. Sharpe

At the Other End:
After a purple storm sweeps around Planet Earth, stealing millions of people, four teenagers struggle to make it alone in London.

Drawn together by a series of bizarre coincidences, Ellie, Midge, Scott and Marty soon find themselves entangled with a bunch of interfering pensioners. Among the cast of players are flamboyant hairdresser Mr Rupert, Pearl the loud-mouthed tea lady, and June, a psychic, who travels the world on her motorbike.

As the tranquillizing effects of the Purple diminish, greed and the lust for power take hold. Penny Treasure, leader of the Decision Makers Council, dreams up an idea that could destroy the world forever.

In a desperate hunt to find the missing, clues are pieced together and some shocking secrets come tumbling out of the closet.
 




Shhh....... Don't Tell:

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FRROM THE BEGINNING OF Chapter 1 FROM Purple

Ellie Arnold believes in reincarnation and thinks she may have been Marilyn Monroe in a previous life. When Ellie told her parents about this, they laughed out loud.

Twenty-three weeks later, June 22nd, one a.m. to be exact, Ellie tidied her freshly-bleached Marilyn Monroe hairstyle in the mirror. She applied a coat of red lipstick, penciled in a beauty spot and blew herself a kiss.

She'd turned the light off at ten, but insomnia must be an eight-hour virus that lurks in toothpaste. As soon as she'd cleaned her teeth and put her head on the pillow, the symptoms appeared. Too late to prevent infection, she lay alone in the dark and imagined the blood rushing AWAKE round her system: swoosh...swoosh...swoosh. It made her feet burn, her legs restless and her shoulders ache. It caused a sudden onset of wriggle-squirm-roll-flip. When it finally reached her brain, triggering an explosion of thought, she gave up and trudged downstairs to the lounge.

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Graham Sharpe, author of Purple, a fantasy young adult bookAuthor Bio:
At the age of 12, author Graham Sharpe regularly danced around the lounge to Kate Bush's “Wuthering Heights.” Today, he still hasn't decided what he'll do when he grows up. So far, the East Sussex, England-based writer has worked in an ice cream shop, trained as a hairdresser, studied sociology and psychology, written for and performed with a touring theatre company, and backpacked across far-flung countries with loose change in his pocket. Graham now combines travelling with writing and he completed his first novel, Purple, during the sleepless, jet-lagged hours spent in hotel rooms around the world. Honored as a Kindle Book Review Finalist Best Indie Book for 2012, the 358-page eBook is also available in paperback from Amazon. 
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:


1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Purple is actually my first venture as an author. Readers may be surprised to find out that I actually hated school, and slept halfway through my final English exam in high school. It turned out to be my best exam result, and made me aware of my writing ability. Since high school I’ve done a few creative writing courses, and got inspired to begin the writing process a few years ago after getting a job as a flight attendant.



2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Excitement and terror all at the same time. I self-published Purple and made it available on Amazon last September. I thought, “Well actually, maybe I just ought to do it on my own.” So, that’s what I did. For me, the thing that I love is writing, but when it comes to the marketing part of it, I get a little overwhelmed. I think that was one of the biggest challenges for me when the novel first went on sale.  



3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I think the first thing, and the biggest thing, happened when I was 13. My best friend’s dad died in a car accident, and it completely shocked me. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that someone could be here one day and gone the next. Then, I went on to thinking that life doesn’t last forever and contemplated where that person had gone. A lot of people have strong religious views that answer those kinds of questions for them, but other people don’t. No one really has any concrete evidence so I think that’s one of the biggest things and something I really wanted to investigate in the novel.



4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I think it’s great to get reviews period. The fact that people are even reading the book and taking time to comment is such an accomplishment for any author. I see negative reviews as constructive criticism. It gives me the opportunity to get insight on what readers are not responding to, and that’s something I can incorporate in the next book.



5. How long was the writing/planning process?
My writing/planning process took about five years. In the beginning I needed a lot of encouragement, but eventually I realized that it was going somewhere and it grew and developed. At first I thought it would be a short story for a younger demographic, but it became so much more complicated in terms of relationships and life and death. I knew I had to take it to a new level, and I started writing more seriously. I didn’t really have any rules and that was the most exciting thing. Purple wouldn’t be what it is today if I would have rushed.



6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I am absolutely thrilled with the cover art on Purple. I think it encompasses everything that Purple stands for, and was beautifully done. I love that it’s different and unique looking. I have an artist friend who had read the book and had ideas for a cover. Once I talked with her I knew she would come up with something spectacular, and she definitely delivered.



7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I definitely want to write a sequel to Purple. I feel like I owe it to the fans. I want the characters to grow with the next book so that readers can really get invested. From the beginning, I wanted the characters to be real, down to earth and accessible. I also think there’s a bit of myself in every character, and I want to continue to explore those themes in the next book. I also have an idea for an entirely new project and I’m feeling excited about that too.



8. Top 5 books
    • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    • Running with Scissors by Augustine Burroughs
    • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl
    • Abide With Me by Ian Ayris (I recently read this book and I realize it may not be to everyone’s taste because it’s full of swear words. If you’re thinking of reading it then don’t let that put you off. It’s a great story about love and survival. Great writing).


9. Recommended books
Two books that inspired me to express myself creatively were The Artist’s Way and The Right To Write both by Julia Cameron. Like many others, I love Stephen King’s book On Writing. Part memoir and part writer’s tool kit, I devoured it in two days and often return to it for advice and motivation.
10. Why read your novel?
With a cast of quirky characters and plenty of sharp dialogue, Purple combines the supernatural with a touch of humour and takes readers on an original adventure with an unexpected twist.







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