An Interview with John Graves
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have traveled extensively, with more than 80 countries’ stamps in my passport. My avocation is adventure. I have sailed to Hawaii several times as well as across the Atlantic and throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. I have also trekked the Andes, the Sahara, the Taklamakan, the Serengeti, and the Namib. In my previous career, I was a chef.
What inspires you to write?
I have always wondered about the various solutions to the overpopulation crisis, the climate change crisis. Do these intelligentsia actually want to destroy humanity?
Death by Design is a thriller about how the intelligentsia’s final solution might work. Let’s hope they are wrong – Tracker is too powerful for any of them!
Tell us about your writing process.
Nonfiction is all about the facts; thus, I outline the research, organize it, and then write it.
Fiction is different: the story wrote itself, or rather, Tracker dictated it to me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Tracker has dictated most of the book: more than 60%. I listen; she writes. Quite amazing actually. She is my mini-me. The rest is from research on pandemics and the response from the CDC.
What advice would you give other writers?
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How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing requires more effort. You must think as a business owner, which I am. Publishers give the appearance to me of sharks eating entrails from bloodied waters. Doing it yourself makes more economic sense – if you have the drive.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Amazon dictates, the industry responds. It has become a dichotomous, treacherous dance macabre.
What genres do you write?
I write both nonfiction and fiction (thrillers).
What formats are your books in?
Both ebook and print. I’ll soon have an audio edition as well.
What is your website?
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