About Graham Clayton:
My name is Graham Clayton [pen name Clayton Graham] and I was born and raised in Stockport, near Manchester UK. I graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University in 1966 having attained a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation.
I settled in Victoria, Australia in 1982. I am a retired aerospace engineer who enjoyed working in the field of efficient lightweight structures and watching them fly around the world. Science Fiction has always been a passion, and I am intrigued by where such stories place humankind within the universe we know and love. I am very fond of the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne and John Wyndham.
Milijun is my debut novel, but there are further adventures to come.
I love animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and am a member of Australian Geographic.
When I am not writing, walking, travelling, or gardening, I enjoy fine food with family, friends and five energetic grandchildren.
What inspires you to write?
I like to explore the possibilities in the universe and let my characters tell the story by their personalities and actions.
Tell us about your writing process.
Just sit down and write. Usually something comes – not necessarily usable, but sometimes anything is better than nothing. A check back or reformat later will usually get it right. Definitely seat of the pants but led by my characters and their surroundings.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Everything is led by my characters [human or alien] and their actions and interactions. They are set upon a cosmic stage, which is often the real world beset by strange and mysterious happenings. It is how my characters react to such happenings that drives the story. Dialogue is important, and is often used to reflect events. I always listen to my characters, for they dictate where the story is going next.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always keep whatever you write, even if you do not immediately use it. It may have a perfect fit on the next chapter or even the next book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Agents are hard to get on board, and are always extremely busy, so I decided on self-publishing, at least for my first novel. It was a huge learning curve. New authors should certainly have a look at self publishing, especially for digital versions.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will still exist, but as the eBook reader becomes more like a book, then anything can happen!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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