Graham Garrity is the author of Bullies, Ghosts and Jars Full of Smoke which was reviewed by Angel. He was also a very generous author and had a giveaway on our blog for 5 ebooks! That giveaway has passed and winners have been announced, but even if you didn't win, we highly recommend you reading his book!
Interview Conducted By:
What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write this book by some of the things that happened to me when I was a child. I was bullied and hated going to school. When not being bullied my friends and I would play in the grounds of an ancient manor house not far from my home. Rumour had it that the house was haunted. By combining my experience of being bullied with the various rumours about the house I was able to write a fun book for children.
What was your favorite part about writing this book?
I really enjoyed writing the scene where Phil, Andy and Leena are having tea with Caligula. Caligula is absolutely fuming and, although he'd like nothing more than to beat them senseless, he can't do a thing due to the presence of his mother.
Was this book set in the United Kingdom?
Yes, the book is set in the United Kingdom. If you Google Hall Green Road in Google Maps, you'll be able to see a satellite view of the manor house.
When did you start writing (in general)?
I began writing approximately twenty years ago. I still have some of my stories on my computer and I look at them now and again to remind me of how bad a writer I was when I started.
Do you have any more books that you have written? If so, what are they about?
My first book to appear on Amazon was The Sound Catcher. Once a sound has been made it does not disappear as most people think, but becomes a stray sound, floating through the atmosphere before popping up in some unusual places, often with alarming consequences. It is the job of the Sound Catcher to gather up the stray sounds so that they can't go round scaring people. When Chloe (12 years) meets the Sound Catcher they set off on an adventure but things quickly take a turn for the worse when, as a result of hearing a stray sound, they uncover a plot to steal the Crown Jewels. Between the two of them they need to gather all the evidence they can if they are to foil the thieves. Once all the clues have been gathered they come up with a plan so outrageous there's no guarantee that it will work.
What are your thoughts on our blog?
I think your blog is superb. Your mother should be congratulated on the way she has encouraged you and your sisters to read. It is obvious that her encouragement has had the desired effect as your review of Bullies, Ghosts and Jars Full of Smoke was very well written.
Where do you enjoy to write at?
I always write in my study. It's full of books and whenever I get writer's block a few minutes spent staring at my books ignites my imagination and allows me to get back to writing.
Would you rather be a ghost or a bully? Why?
What a very good question! I would much rather be a ghost than a bully. As a ghost I would go round scaring the wits out of those people that really deserved it. I think that would be fun.
Any other interesting facts/info about yourself that you would like to share?
There are lots of interesting things I could tell you about my time in the police force. But that's another book in itself.
Thank you Mr. Garrity for all your support!