People ask me when I decided I wanted to be a writer. The honest answer is that the itch to try and change the world by putting pen to paper hit me in my early teens. Early experiments – that I won’t elaborate on here – convinced me that people responded to my words. Sometimes the reaction wasn’t what I expected. But more often than not there was a response.
I was pragmatic enough to know that only the most gifted (or best connected) made a successful career as a novelist so I put writing on the back burner and earned money another way. I retired at age 55 so that I could take up writing full time.
The idea for my first novel came when my father announced that he had gone through life believing that he was the illegitimate son of a famous Glasgow politician and that he was not my supposed grandfather’s child. My research into this led me to write No Mean Affair and it was published by Foxwell Press in 2012.
For my second book, my interest in movies led me to combine film- and story-making to create a new genre of novels that I have dubbed film-fiction (abbreviated to “Fliction”). My novels from Out of Such Darkness onwards qualify as fliction in that they borrow inspiration and themes and from classic movies.
I’m a storyteller. I try to inject originality into the structure of my novels but the essential plotlines are straightforward. However, I do like to put a twist in the ending to keep the reader thinking after they’ve put the book down. I call this the afterburn.
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Out of Such Darkness published by Patrician Press is available to order from your favourite bookstore or in both e-book and paperback versions from my publishers
My first novel No Mean Affair published by Foxwell Press is available in paperback to order from your favourite bookstore or in both Kindle and paperback versions from Amazon.
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