Category Archives: Literature

What Makes You Think You’re Any Good at Writing?

There’s a common misconception that if you’re a writer, it logically follows that you must be loaded because you obviously sell a lot of books. It also seems to be the common perception that if you’re a well-known writer you … Continue reading

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If it weren’t for Paul Auster…

If you’ve read the biography page on my website, you’ll have come across the mention of a writer called Paul Auster. And if you’ve known me long enough, you’ll recognise that same writer as one who is regularly mentioned or … Continue reading

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Reaching For The Stars

Star Wars Rather sadly (to some), I’ve now seen Star Wars: the Force Awakens a grand total of six (6) times. I suppose one might argue I’m a little bit obsessed, but actually that’s quite wide of the mark. It’s more … Continue reading

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Indie Publishing and Me

A couple of years ago I met with Scottish publisher, author and agent, Allan Guthrie. We met up in a pub in Portobello and spoke at length about the publishing process, writing, and all that kind of stuff. I was … Continue reading

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Raising a Glass to William McIlvanney

What can you say about William McIlvanney that hasn’t already been said? Legendary, iconic, inspirational, suave, debonair, groundbreaking, trailblazing, innovative – a genius, he is the voice of Glasgow, nae Scotland! He is, of course, all of these things and … Continue reading

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An Old Friend

An old friend has been staying with me these past couple of weeks, after nine years in the wilderness. The last time I saw him he was an unsure 16-year old, a bit lost, with a lot of confusion and … Continue reading

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Gutting Fish

As you can probably tell, I’ve got a few things on the go. Which is good. One month ago I released BACCARA BURNING and it’s selling well. I’m very pleased considering it’s a sequel to an existing book I wrote … Continue reading

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