Graham Strong is one of those people who claims to have been a writer all his life. He did sell songs on CBC’s “As It Happens” in Grade 1 and charted epic stories of 20 pages or more in Grade 3 when the assignment called for two, so there may be something to it. After finishing his stint as Editor-in-Chief of the Argus at Lakehead University, he spent time exploring the world before launching his professional marketing writing career.
But from the beginning, his dream was to write novels. After a particularly inspiring writers’ conference, Graham decided it was finally time to get to it. That little venture eventually became Social Grooming for Higher Primates. It is a first-person narrative, which makes this third-person “About” page all the more disquieting.
As of this writing, the novel is in second editing with a second reading copy expected in early 2019.
Graham’s favourite novelists are Paul Quarrington and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Social Grooming for Higher Primates was heavily influenced by the New Journalism writers including Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Truman Capote, and Jimmy Breslin. To give you some idea of the nature of this novel, other influences include Sideways (both the movie and the novel by Rex Pickett), Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (which shouldn’t be technically listed as “other influences” since you could argue it already falls under the Hunter S. Thompson category, but there you go).