Gary Smith is The Author of the Day

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing author and photographer Gary Smith on The Relatable Voice podcast. During our conversation, Gary delved into one of his successful books “Vengeance Can Be Deadly,” a part of the Warren Steelgrave series. This gripping tale immerses readers in Italy’s enchanting locales and vivid imagery, as protagonist Warren embarks on a dangerous quest for justice. The suspenseful narrative held me captive, unable to set it down. Gary’s special skill in crafting compelling stories shines through in every page.

Hello Gary, welcome to BrandEducation! Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I was born in Hayward, California, and after high school, I joined the Naval Air Reserve before entering the electrical construction trade. Eventually, I started my own electrical construction company in 1978, which grew to handle large industrial projects across the United States until my retirement in 2011. That’s when I delved into writing.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to run, read, and spend time in conversation with friends in my spare time.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

That I am dyslexic.

Can you tell us what inspired your work and what is the story behind it?

After writing five books of the Warren Steelgrave series, I was getting bored with the series. I felt I needed a break and a new challenge. Writing twenty-four short stories in a row was definitely a challenge. Most collections of short stories are just that. Short stories written over several years for different publications and put together in a book for publication. I am glad I did it. Coming up with different stories and characters every week added to my creativity.

You’ve authored the Warren Steelgrave series and a book of short stories. What’s your writing process like?

Writing has been a journey of solitude and immersion for me. I find solace in the act of storytelling, particularly in crafting the intricate narratives of the Warren Steelgrave series.

What inspires your writing?

I find inspiration in the works of great authors like Raymond Chandler. His ability to breathe life into characters fuels my creative process.

What about your photography work?

Photography has been another passion of mine. I’ve been fortunate to have my work recognized in both private and public collections, earning a few awards along the way.

How do you balance writing and photography?

Both writing and photography offer different avenues for creative expression. While writing allows me to delve into complex narratives, photography captures fleeting moments of beauty.

What does literary success mean to you?

Literary success, for me, lies in touching the hearts of readers. When someone tells me that my work has moved them emotionally, I consider that the greatest achievement.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read voraciously to find your voice and stay true to your passion. Embrace criticism as part of the journey, and never lose sight of why you write. And above all, write every day, even if it’s just a few lines.

Can you share a bit about your writing process?

I often let the characters guide the story. By focusing on the scene and the personalities involved, the narrative takes on a life of its own.

What’s been the most challenging scene you’ve written?

Without a doubt, the most challenging scene was in my book “A Collection of Short Stories and Poems,” where I depicted the heart-wrenching experience of holding my infant son as he passed away.

To learn more about Gary Smith and his work, visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @g_smithauthor.

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