Sometimes I’m lazier than usual. This is one of those times. The bio for Colin Galbraith is filled with writing credits so in the interest of my overall laziness this Wednesday morning, I’m just linking to his ‘real’ bio.
In short, Colin’s been writing and publishing for the past decade plus from his home base in Scotland, with stories set all over the world. For me, his prolific output is the perfect equal for his complete embrace of modern technology and it’s uses for the new publishing paradigm being assembled around us piece by piece. He’s always been at the forefront of what is possible and what is next for the literary world. To celebrate the release of his latest ‘crime novella’ GREENER IS THE GRASS, Colin stopped by to answer some questions.
PAS: What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you there yet?
CG: I wanted to be a few things at different stages of growing up:
- I wanted to be a journalist for a long time, because I enjoyed English at shool and I often wrote poems and scripts and it was the only way I thought you could make a living and write at the same time. I used to be able to write the script of Star Wars and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy off by heart.
- I wanted to be an architect after spending a week in an architect’s office on a work placement scheme. They guy who mentored me designed several key landmarks around Glasgow, so I thought it would be quite a cool thing to do.
- I wanted to be a cowboy. But I was much younger then and the nearest I got to that was watching Spaghetti Westerns on the TV. I still do.
PAS: If you could talk to the 15-year-old Colin for five minutes, what would you tell yourself?
CG: At 15 I was still a cheeky young bugger (nothing’s changed) so I’d have to watch what I was saying. If I could get him to sit still for five minutes let alone fifteen, I would tell him this:
- Maybe going away from home to university and doing a creative writing course would be something to consider … what do you think?
- Don’t wait until your 20s before you shave your head for the first time. You’ve always wanted to and you never regretted it.
- Don’t be so loyal to those you suspect have stabbed you in the back – your assumptions are correct.
PAS: With Greener Is The Grass you take the reader to a Greek island, what brought the story about and will we see more foreign locations in future stories?
CG: Greener is the Grass was one of those stories sourced from a real-life event that happened. The book opens with an earthquake that actually happened while I was holidaying on the Greek island of Rhodes a few years ago. It was an amazing thing to witness and I always knew I would use it somewhere.
Later that same holiday, a young girl went missing from the poolside bar one evening. After a quick search she was found (playing with the game machines in the hotel), but being a crime writer, I assumed the worst and decided it made a good premise for a story.
To top it all off, that same holiday again, I got involved socially with the holiday reps that ran the evening and daytime entertainment. I found myself in a position to be able to delve into their world in depth, although it did lead to me having to perform YMCA on stage one night, which involved ripping off my sailors outfit and prancing around with my bottom on display to 200 German tourists.
The book was more or less written in my head by the time I left for Scotland.
Will I use more foreign locations? Only if the story demands it to be honest. My new paranormal book, BACCARA BURNING, which will be out later in 2012 hopefully, starts off in Sorrento. Other than that, I have no solid plans just now.
For more on Colin, visit his website, Twitter, or Facebook.