My name is Graham Wayne. I live in Devon, England and I spend as much of my time as I can writing - I’ve recently finished my second novel (the first is yet to be published) – the first chapter is here as a short story. I also write about subjects that interest me, principally climate change. To make ends meet, I repair computers and teach people how to get the best out of them.
I was raised to be a musician by my opera singer mother and ex-actor father. When I left school I did everything there is to be done in the entertainment business, working in agency, management, publishing and so on. I also studied audio engineering and worked freelance as a live sound engineer, and in many top studios as a recording engineer, where I was introduced to computers at the start of the ’80s.
Around this time I did something that turned out to be very important: I went to writing school, at the Arvon Foundation. It was a turning point for me, because I haven’t really stopped writing since. And because I needed something to write on, I bought a computer – a C64 – and my three obsessions merged into one: music, writing and computing.
I started programming straight away, then went into software publishing working for Rainbird Software, where I met the Apple Mac and fell in love. I had previously been trained between gigs as a print machine minder and when I saw the first pre-press software (Pagemaker) I knew there was a revolution coming. I formed a digital design company financed on the back of my journalism – I was widely published in the early 90s in various magazines like PC World – writing about computing, games and audio engineering. I also became a consultant to several print and repro houses looking to adapt the new technology, and in time I developed business consultancy on the back of the introductions I was getting.
This lead to my becoming a full time business consultant, accredited by the then Department of Trade and Industry. Eventually - and inevitably – I took the role of CIO on the board of The Mastertronic Group of companies, my last full-time role, which I left in 2006.
These days I write mainly for this blog, with occasional pieces appearing in the Guardian, John Cook’s Skepticalscience and recently, I co-presented a number of Irregular Climate podcasts, working with Canadian writer Dan Moutal.