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Graeme Rodaughan

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Born
in Maffra, Australia
Genre

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Member Since
June 2016


I have one rule: Deliver an immersive reading experience that will transport you from the everyday world into a realm of fantastic imagination - and leave you there until you're forced to come up for air...

I'm in love with high-octane, action packed, thrilling stories with epic heroes and mighty villains. I want suspense, I want characters with depth who I really care what happens to them, and who I will both love and hate. I love fantasy and science fiction and I want both in the same story. I want pace, and more pace, and yet time for emotional intimacy and heart-rending scenes.

This is what I dedicate myself to writing - and why - because I love it.

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Graeme Rodaughan Hi Eldon, those are excellent questions.

[1] I'm going to interpret your first question in two ways. (a) My own interest, and (b) my readers interest.

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Hi Eldon, those are excellent questions.

[1] I'm going to interpret your first question in two ways. (a) My own interest, and (b) my readers interest.

(a) I'm obsessed with the Metaframe War story. I can read lines from my first book (which I've read many times), or my notes on later books and I get tingles. That has been present for a few years and I can't see it going away. My own interest is not a concern for me.

(b) There are a list of factors that will help to maintain reader interest in the series and bring them along on the journey.

(i) There are multiple main characters with strong story arcs, hence more opportunity for a reader to find a character to engage with.

(ii) Release tempo. Book two will come out at the end of April, or early May 2017 at the latest. That took a year, but that year included a major upgrade to my writing craft and effort to underestand "marketing" which took a lot of time away from writing. Book three will be out 9 months after book two. I plan to maintain a fast release tempo to help readers stay engaged.

(iii) Story time. The actual story occurs over a period of about 18 months. It's basically a major, "suddenly everything happens" scenario that has all the characters, good and bad, scrambling to survive and achieve their ambitions. This results in stories that are full of pace. For example, book three takes forty hours of story time and is full of action and pace as it brings to a conclusion some of the story arcs developed in books one and two.

(iv) Multi-polar conflicts. Having three main organisations battling against each other allows for variation in villains and threats. It also allows for multi-layered conflict as there can be open conflicts and secret alliances. The priorities, strategies and tactics can shift, resulting in greater opportunity for novelty in the story and keeps it fresh for the readers.

(v) Individual book variation. I.e. the basic nature of each book in the series differs from the others. For example.

Book two: A Traitor's war has lots of machinations and schemes, and various maneuvers between the main players.

Book three: Guns, guts and glory.

Book four: Political maneuvers with some very corrupt players within one of the organisations. Intro of two new classes of villains

Book five: Stealth infiltration of a fortified secret fortress, capture a flag, and escape - if you can?

And so on.

(vi) Ovearching story arc is highly progressive. The stakes for all major characters ramp up as the story progresses. There are twists and turns to come that will have readers going "OMG!"

To sum up. Story interest will be maintained by the use of strong characters, fast paced multi-layered stories with plenty of variation of threat, risk, and scenario. An overall story arc that just increases the pressure right up to the very end and a quick release tempo.

[2] No. Not a concern.

For further detail - the long answer is here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

Also impacted here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

[EDIT 22Feb2018] My basic premise is to deliver the best books I can, as my confidence has grown I can see myself consolidating some books as they will read better together rather than apart. Just means I have to write faster to maintain a good publishing tempo.(less)
Graeme Rodaughan Hey, it's romance week. My fav fictional couple would be Logan and Max from the "Dark Angel" tv series. Why? I just like bad-ass female warrior types…moreHey, it's romance week. My fav fictional couple would be Logan and Max from the "Dark Angel" tv series. Why? I just like bad-ass female warrior types hooking up with geeks. It's just a shame that the underlying attraction between them never got fulfilled,(less)
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Graeme Rodaughan Graeme Rodaughan said: " This is the most useful book in my writing library. I literally read and reread this book until I had absorbed it's messages into the marrow of my bones.

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Graeme Rodaughan is 5% done with Singularity: Ch 3 completed. Still working out just who Nathan Miller is - angry, violent, charitable, and no doubt more than that. The landscape is near-future, urban dystopia with the sorta corruption that occurs when the police commissioner is highly placed within organized crime...Early days yet, smells kinda noir with hints of post-apocalyptic crazy.
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“The man who walks in the shadow of vengeance is a different man from the man who walks in the light of justice.”
Graeme Rodaughan, A Subtle Agency

“For those who die with honor, the touch of death is simply the unlocking of a door between this life and the next.”
Graeme Rodaughan, A Traitor's War

“You will discover that silence is a spectrum where there is no end to how deep you can go. It is there, in the eternal quiet, that you will find the mastery that you seek.”
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“They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger… they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor… They ravage, they slaughter, they seize by false pretenses, and all of this they hail as the construction of empire. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace.”
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“[T]he unnamed soldier is a gift. The named soldier--dead, melted wax--demands a response among the living...a response no-one can make. Names are no comfort, they're a call to answer the unanswerable. Why did she die, not him? Why do the survivors remain anonymous--as if cursed--while the dead are revered? Why do we cling to what we lose while we ignore what we still hold?

Name none of the fallen, for they stood in our place, and stand there still in each moment of our lives. Let my death hold no glory, and let me die forgotten and unknown. Let it not be said that I was one among the dead to accuse the living.”
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“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.”
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Graeme Rodaughan l a i n e y wrote: "Helllooo!

Thanks Graeme for friend request and your sweet message :)

Hope you’re having a great reading day 👍"


Hi lainey, thanks for accepting. I've been quite lucky with my recent reading, lots of 5 star books.


l a i n e y Helllooo!

Thanks Graeme for friend request and your sweet message :)

Hope you’re having a great reading day 👍


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Graeme Rodaughan Olivia wrote: "Hi Graeme,

Thanks for the friend-invite. It's really cool to be friends with an author. Here's to many fun times on Goodreads! :)

-Olivia"


Hi Olivia thanks for accepting. I'm quite active on GR reading, reviewing and chatting. I look forward to seeing you around the threads.

Cheers Graeme


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Olivia Hi Graeme,

Thanks for the friend-invite. It's really cool to be friends with an author. Here's to many fun times on Goodreads! :)

-Olivia


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Graeme Rodaughan Scott wrote: "Merry Christmas"

Thanks Scott. Merry Christmas to you too.


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Scott Roberts Merry Christmas


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Graeme Rodaughan Thanks Gerhard.


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Gerhard Hi Graeme, I'm honoured to be your GR friend. Keep those words coming -- I'm always up for a challenge! All the best. G.


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Graeme Rodaughan You're welcome Carolyn.


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Carolyn Thanks for the friend request Graeme - I'm honoured you asked!


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Graeme Rodaughan Sharon wrote: "Hi Graeme, thanks for the friend invite. And I see you also live in Melbourne :)"

Indeed I do.


message 12: by Sharon

Sharon Hi Graeme, thanks for the friend invite. And I see you also live in Melbourne :)


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Graeme Rodaughan Karen wrote: "Hi Graeme. Thanks for the friend invite. :)"

You're welcome.


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Karen Hi Graeme. Thanks for the friend invite. :)


Graeme Rodaughan Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Thank you Graeme. The Mist has turned into an interesting group read."

Hi Erin, it was a pleasure.


Graeme Rodaughan the tenth muse wrote: "Hi Graeme! Thanks for the friend-vite. Honored to be your friend too ^^"

Hi the tenth muse, looking forward to catching up on the threads.


Graeme Rodaughan Hi J, your welcome.


Graeme Rodaughan Josh wrote: "Hi Graeme, it's Josh and I am so glad you liked Salem's Lot. I saw the movie before I read the book, and the book was a lot better than the movie. I know they did a remake of the movie but I never ..."

Hi Josh, I had the same experience with the movie/book combo, but as a 15 yo when I saw the movie, it had a big impact, and I loved it.

Anything I read I'll review, so you will see my SK Book reviews.


Graeme Rodaughan Josh wrote: "Hey Graeme, it's your buddy Josh and I just finished my Dean Koontz book The Bad Place. I thought it was okay and it was a good story, but it was kind of slow. I liked it though and f you read it I..."

Hi Josh, thanks for the DK suggestion, but I suspect that the pacing will be a little slow for my taste.


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J. Gowin Thank you for the friend invitation.


Graeme Rodaughan Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Thank you Graeme. The Mist has turned into an interesting group read."

After reading it, prompted me to watch the movie again - some of the scenes are truely graphic horror (eye shielding stuff).


Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* Thank you Graeme. The Mist has turned into an interesting group read.


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imts Hi Graeme! Thanks for the friend-vite. Honored to be your friend too ^^


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