My name is Graham Wayne. I live in Devon, England and I spend as much of my time as I can writing, principally about the science and sociology of climate change. Recently I’ve concentrated on fiction; my first novel, Cities of Refuge, is now published, and there’s another novel already finished (needs a bit of checking) called Life Below Decks, which will be published before Christmas.
My background is a blend of work in the arts, print media, electrical engineering (audio, IT) and business management. I started my working life as a musician – a bass player – where an excess of energy and enthusiasm contributed to my developing both interests and some modest skills in sound engineering (live and studio), arranging for orchestras, and to producing records.
During most of my life, I’ve also been a compulsive writer: I subscribe to Hemingway’s view that a writer doesn’t want to write; he has to write. After getting a bursary to attend a course at the Arvon Foundation (a writing school with four centres in the UK), I’ve enjoyed several spells as a full-time journalist. Writing has also frequently complemented and even broadened my business interests. There’s a quote from Andrew Miller on the Arvon site: “An Arvon course can change your life. It’s as simple as that”. He’s absolutely correct, it changed my life and I remain profoundly grateful to Arvon, and to my instructors John Brunner and Liza Tuttle.
Creatively, after Arvon my creative course seemed to be set – a mixture of experimental writing (terrible!) and making music. Then something happened that changed my life: I met the computer. The bond was instant; I understood exactly what it was doing, was fascinated by it, and started programming straight away. I altered course in a way I never expected, and after a spell in software publishing, I established one of the first digital (pre-press) design companies in London.
Combining all I’d learned about management in show-biz – quite an ordeal by fire in many respects – and later training at BT, I started advising companies on their IT adoption, on their business methods, and this broad spread of experiences lead to my becoming a full time business consultant, accredited by the (then) Department of Trade and Industry. Eventually, after spells in Germany and Canada in management roles, I accepted the position of CIO on the board of The Mastertronic Group of companies, my last full-time role, which I left in 2006.
These days I’m focused on my writing (with a plan to make more music in a while). I’ve written a lot for my blog, occasional pieces for the Guardian, and for the excellent Skepticalscience web site. Now it’s time to get my fiction in front of an audience, and to broaden my blogging to address not just climate change, but other issues that concern me.