An interview with Graeme Smith, author of The Awakening of Abraham Brown

This week I’d like to welcome Graeme Smith to the hotseat. Graeme was born in Exeter and his first book, The Awakening of Abraham Brown, is dedicated to the memory of his father, Freddie who saw action WWII, his mother Trena who was in Military Intelligence and two uncles who were also killed in action. His book is not a regular war story though and according to reviews is well worth reading so don’t be fooled by the cover.

The Graeme Smith Interview

graeme smithWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you? I am a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and have trained in the Martial Arts for 35 years.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work? The Awakening of Abraham Brown is one of those books that you will remember long after reading, mainly from an emotional and spiritual viewpoint. Graeme Smith writes an engaging story depicting how World War II affected many lives, with very good descriptive action and details. He addressed racism from several interesting angles as it relates to people and their war-affected countries. One of my favourite scenes takes place at the monastery, but the entire story is lovely. The three main characters are admirable and courageous, and I think Graeme Smith highlights the qualities of real soldiers, and the harsh treatment and conditions they endure through these strong characters. The Awakening of Abraham Brown is a fast paced, intriguing military fiction I recommend reading.” Review taken from Readers Favorite.

Are the names of your characters important to you? Yes, as I have used Christian names of family members and friends, both living and deceased, as a tribute to them.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers? Start to write just a page a day and then build it up from there.  Trust your instincts and let the story flow from within you and at all times enjoy what you are writing letting it be an extension of your thoughts and emotions.

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life? Witnessing the birth of my three children and becoming a Grandfather.

Where do you find your inspiration? Through life experience and my spiritual awareness which has developed through practicing the esoteric arts for over 40 years e.g. Yoga, meditation & martial arts.

What was the most important thing you learned at school? I should have listened to the teachers.

What is the book that you wished you had written? The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body? On the moon!


the awakening of abraham brownWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT graeme and his BOOK?

You can find The Awakening of Abraham Brown in Kindle and Paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Graeme on Facebook



These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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  1. I am interested in this one as it has a supernatural twist throughout the story.

  2. As Linda says, the cover of the book might put off those who don’t really like war stories, but the interview has me interested and I’m off to Amazon to have a look.