What can I tell you about me?
I grew up as one of eight children in Cowes on the Isle of Wight – places on ‘the island’ feature strongly in Slave to Fortune. When I left high school, I headed north to Scotland and studied English Literature for two years at university before switching to graduate in economics to improve my prospects of finding a job – which seemed to work.
I have since enjoyed a varied career in government, working with some of the biggest names in British and Scottish politics. This has provided me with a rich array of experiences to draw upon in my creative writing. My work has taken me across the Middle East and Africa, to China and Japan, Europe and the United States. I have worked on issues such as crime and justice, housing, tackling poverty and inequality, economic policy and international finance. I currently work on reducing unemployment, raising skills and improving working conditions in Scotland.
Outside of work, I live in Leith (Edinburgh) with my wife and three young children. My current interests, largely dictated by the kids, include: playing football with my sons; running with my daughter and hillwalking with the whole family. This leaves me with a little time late at night for reading and creative writing.
I have tried my hand at a number of genres. In addition to Slave to Fortune, I have written a political thriller (which I might seek to publish some day) and I’m currently working on a series of children’s picture books, which I hope to publish over the next year or two.
I’d say that my novel writing has a traditional style, drawing influence from classic authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Scottish authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Neil Munro. However, I like to inject modern themes into my writing, to ensure relevance to readers today.
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