Ok this is an exciting tour for me to be on as Matching the Evidence is OUT TODAY so Happy Publication Day Mr Smith! Since I met Graham at a TBC meet up in Leeds I have been a fan, especially as I won a signed copy of Major Crime Team Volume One and since then I have always read Grahams books with his voice in my head! Anyway today Graham visits my blog with a guest post for you about censorship and I also have a review of Matching The Evidence.
Censorship and Me by Graham Smith
As a creative type I’m not in favour of censorship of any kind. Oddly however, I do find myself self-censoring.
The reason for this I hear you ask?
There’s some stuff I just don’t want to put out there. My face is known on the internet and the last thing I want to put into someone’s mind is my hairy face if they’re reading a sex scene I’ve written. That would just be icky on so many levels for all concerned.
Plus there’s the fact that sex scenes are incredibly personal things to write and I’m not sure I want people judging me on the way I write about two characters getting down and dirty. I’m a crime writer and crime is what I write. Someone else can write erotica although I’m always willing to help with the research if there are any hot writers out there.
A lot of the more violent acts that happen in my stories are perpetrated off the page. That’s not because I’m squeamish in any way, it’s because the effects of violence are more interesting to me than the acts themselves. Don’t get me wrong, if the story called for it, I’d have absolutely no qualms about writing a vicious torture scene, but if it’s not essential to the story then including it would be gratuitous.
The biggest act of censorship I’ve committed against myself revolves around a plot. I have a great idea for a terrorist plot. My hero would thwart the plot, save countless lives, save the day and probably get the girl.
My problem is I’d have to explain the terrorist plot. It’s not a hugely complicated plan, it’s one which could be enacted for real and could see as few as half a dozen suicidal terrorists killing tens of thousands. I cannot in good conscience put this idea out into the public domain lest a terrorist use my plan. While this may sound conceited, I’d have to say I don’t give a flying fuck. I’d rather sound conceited than provide terrorists with ideas on how to wreak terror.
You may have got the impression from that last paragraph that I don’t tend to censor my language. This is something of a misnomer as I do actually censor the language I use in my novels. I have never to date used the “c” word and this is a deliberate choice. There are many who deem it to be the worst word in the world and I don’t see the point in offending any of them when there are many other words which can be used instead.
The final area I find myself censoring from my writing is the use of any unnecessary offence. I’m talking about racist, sexist, homophobic and religious comments. I don’t make them in the real world, so why should I make them on the page? My characters on the other hand may be given these traits but only because I want to show a nasty side to them. That’s allowed.
If you have any thoughts on the subject of censorship, I’d love to hear your views in the comments.
About this book…
Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.
This is the latest case for DI Harry Evans and the Major Crimes Team and don’t worry if this is your first foray into his world as this can be read as a standalone. There are little inclusions to fill you in on Harry’s backstory so that you can understand why he acts the way he does and these will, I’m sure, send you straight to Amazon to order the previous books!
There are two plotlines here and it isn’t till towards the end that they become entwined. Graham Smith keeps his plots gritty, realistic and totally believable. He shows the dark side of crime in the UK, those cases that we don’t really want to think about and tend to sweep under the carpet because if we don’t know about them surely this means we can pretend they don’t exist? Smith uses very topical issues here, the atmosphere is dark and there is an undercurrent of foreboding throughout. It’s a relatively short read, I found it to be the perfect length as I like to read these all in one hit! And to have had a small insight into the next case for Harry (there was an extract of I know Your Secret at the very end) left me on quite a high level of anticipation!
So for a disturbing, gritty British crime series you have definitely got to try the DI Harry Evans books. They will make an excellent tv series so I hope to see Harry on the small screen very soon!
About the author…
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.
Matching the Evidence
Snatched from Home
Lines of Enquiry
I Know Your Secret – Out October 2016