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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 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, […]

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 […]

The Squashed Worm and Bramble Pie

March 25, 2013

This month began with a nasty form of lurgie. I felt awful but after 3 days of Lemsips and honey, I pulled myself out of bed at 5 am, still feeling miserable, and headed down to London. After a few fraught meetings in the mansions of power, negotiating with marketing and sales, I managed to […]

Heroes Centre News

January 13, 2013

NEWS… “The first digital arts and skills academy has brought together both Hollywood and Holyrood to support its £2 milion fund raising bid. The Heroes Centre, which will be in George Street, Helensburgh, welcomed four ambassadors from the world of sport, acting, directing and writing. Actor Lex Shrapnel, author Sam Wilding, director Tom Vaughan and […]

Salmon with Lime and Ginger

January 7, 2013

Here’s an easy one. I love smoked salmon but sometimes I like a change. So… Get some smoked salmon, about 200g, and lay out on a large plate. Squeeze the juice of three limes over the top. Grate a two inch cube of fresh ginger and sprinkle over the top too. Place in the fridge […]

iPads, Writing books and Playing Gigs

August 21, 2012

Okay, so I got an iPad and instantly wanted it to do stuff I really couldn’t. The iPad is great for video, music and all sorts of stuff, but I wanted it to help me write books, give me lyrics, be a MULTI track recorder etc. But guess what? It actually did the lot. The […]

Something Shining in the Sea

August 21, 2012

It all started when I saw something shining in the sea. Off the coast of Albania, a disc-like object was refracting the sunlight, flashing a random morse in the dusky light. A small boat veered off course to investigate and actually hooked whatever it was out of the water. I thought this would make a […]

My own Shangri-La.

March 10, 2011

A great day at Morrison’s Academy, a return to playing guitar and some super support in Oban. March began with a bang as I journeyed north to Oban with a pile of books in tow. Oban High are to use Windsacpe as a cross-curricular study book with the S2’s and want me to come back […]