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Split the Difference

September 1, 2014

As the last of my holidays for the summer comes to an end, I seem to be heading into busy times. I have an exciting book festival coming up in October – The Encounters Festival. This is based in and around the Lanark library network and sounds as if it will have some great attractions. […]

Basque Country Writing

July 7, 2014

Inclement weather aside, this ‘part of Spain’ is a complete revelation. Green fields, sandy beaches and amazing food. All very good for my creative juices, dear Publisher. With the new Eden Seed out this month my mind has been deep in marketing mode. Where do I start? Is this all down to me or does […]

The Slemish Snakes

June 11, 2014

The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick, chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of Slemish Hill. I passed the hill today, a mini Ayers Rock, which juts out of the […]

The Clouds of Cushendall.

June 10, 2014

Cushendall village is the meeting point of three glens: Glenann, Glenballylemon and Glencorp. Perched on the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland, this was once a sword producing town that made the best of the best. Star of ‘Rob-Roy MacGregor’, swashbuckling Liam Neeson has a wee home here and often frequents the local pubs. Great choice, […]

A Busy Weekend

May 10, 2014

New Children’s Novel released on Kindle… This book is set in 1973, and reflects some of the attitudes of the time. Although none of the characters or settings are real, being dark skinned then, in the West of Scotland, had its drawbacks. Racism and sectarianism were simply part of growing up. A great adventure for […]

Imagineering in Africa

November 10, 2013

September and October were busy with after school clubs and festivals. I was delighted to present at the Lanark Children’s Book Festival in September where around 150 children got to use their imagination, and learn a little more about the wind farm issues here in Scotland. I also attended the BLOODY SCOTLAND thriller festival where […]

Autumn Approaches

September 17, 2013

September has been a busy one as usual. It kicked off with an energised visit to the fabulous New Lanark Heritage site. 250 children to entertain and educate, and the whole world at my feet. See pic. The kids from the surrounding schools were tops, with loads of great questions about Bears, Bands and Books. […]

Summer 2013 – Travel and Write

August 16, 2013

Summer is the time I recharge my batteries and get stuck into some new writing. In Croatia, I wrote the core of a new thriller called Parasite. It still has another 25,000 words to go, but at least I know where I’m going now. I’ve plotted the basic structure and flow for the remainder. I’ve […]

Home.

May 28, 2013

I’m in Barcelona just now, which is a beautiful and vibrant city, but I still miss my mountains and my loch. I have an old rickety boat moored a few yards from the shore here.

Heroes and Projects

May 19, 2013

It’s been crazy over the last few months. Lots of traveling – to Lanzarote, Belfast, London, Duns, Biggar and then back to Helensburgh. I find out that Lanzarote is a lot more than a collection of semi-dormant volcanos, it has some of the best wildlife I’ve seen in The Canaries. For example, the great grey […]