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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 character driven 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.

P.s. I love villains that matter and I loathe poorly drawn villains. I als
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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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Tales from the COVID-19 front lines... (Australia).

I was walking through the city when someone whispered at me from an alleyway, "Hey, mate. You want some?"

I probably should've kept walking, but I was curious. So, I said, "What?"

"4 Ply. I've got rolls of the stuff."

"You're kidding me!"

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Graeme Rodaughan Graeme Rodaughan said: " Sucked me in like a kraken devouring a pirate ship, and entertained me from start to finish.

Just a novelette mind you, half way between a short story and a novella. But enough to keep me going for a while (slow reader, me).

Had a great twist in the st
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Graeme Rodaughan Valliya wrote: "

Thanks for the friend-vite!"


You're welcome.


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Thanks for the friend-vite!


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Graeme Rodaughan Tani wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite! Looking forward for your bookish updates. Stay safe and healthy. Happy Reading! :-)"

My pleasure, Tani. You too.


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Tani Thanks for the friend invite! Looking forward for your bookish updates. Stay safe and healthy. Happy Reading! :-)


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Graeme Rodaughan Erin wrote: "Thanks for the friend request."

Your welcome, Erin.


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Erin Thanks for the friend request.


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Graeme Rodaughan Ana wrote: "Hi! Thanks for the friend invite.😃 Happy reading!📚📖📚"

You're welcome Ana. I'll see you on the threads.


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Ana Hi! Thanks for the friend invite.😃 Happy reading!📚📖📚


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Graeme Rodaughan Thanks Gavin,

Likewise.


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Gavin Thanks for the friend request Graeme. I always welcome new fantasy loving friends.

See you around:)


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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.


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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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