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Welcome, please enjoy your stay. I hope you get as much joy from reading my stories as I do writing them. First SCBWI Scotland event planned ... come along and say hi!

Background Information

I got into writing by pure accident because way back in yesteryear, I used to be a fan club secretary.  When people read the match reports I wrote for the newsletters, I was advised to pursue writing factual stuff like biographies.  However, at the same time I saw a vision and decided to go with that instead.  It changed my life forever then inspiration struck and I've never looked back since ...

I was born in Edinburgh and having lived here all my life, I embrace everything around me in this beautiful city with a writer’s eye.  Once I've absorbed it all into my melting pot brain, if I’m not using it to edit the first novel in my adventure series, it'll go into another story about something else.  I've always viewed life in a Magical Realism/Science Faction way.  Having now honed my imagination into writing form, I'm thrilled being able to share it with other people through mystories.  My characters range from Harry the haggis to Tommy, a boy who faces a child eater on his tenth birthday. I enjoy writing so much and the buzz it gives me is still as strong now as it ever was.  The inspiration for my work remains to be the look of anticipation on my young readers faces as they wait on tenterhooks for my next word.  It's the core of my writing and it never ceases to amaze me when my words connect to a child's emotions.  Knowing I've written something they can identify with is what writing's about.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of writing or my work, please don't hesitate to get in touch.



PS Thanks DC for your wonderful comments about Harry the haggis.  On seeing beyond the fact it hadn't been proofread or edited yet, you saw the exact essence of what I was trying to achieve, so thanks again.  The whole sentence thing you mentioned was right on the button, thanks.  It really does mean a lot that you took time to read my work and I'll make sure you get a signed copy when it gets published.

Birth Place
EDINBURGH,  Scotland, UK

Just received three reviews on here for my poem, thank you Paul, Darcy and Karen. Regina thank you for your reviews they are also much appreciated. Oh yes and Ted, thank you also for your message re my blog. Regis, also, many thanks. G.L., I wish I knew your first name, but your kind words are inspiring. Indeed, all your kind comments mean a lot and are much appreciated. Thank you so much.

Approached By Erzsi to be RA for SCBWI Scotland. Obviously I said yes and already planning is underway for my first event.
Being a Regional Advisor for SCBWI Scotland is a great honour and details about the events I'll be organising will follow shortly ... Hope to see you there.

Additional Information

As well as writing short stories for an 8-12 readership, I have a novel on the back burner just waiting to take flight. Just posted another poem:- Ode to Lewis Hamilton. He's the young, British F1 McLaren Mercedes driver. Just updated my official website re SCBWI and adding comments about my work. This will include reviews from here. I'd really appreciate it if I could copy and paste them from here to there. If you have any objections, let me know. Thanks.

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