Magnificent seven books

OVER on that Facebook place, I was challenged by pal Richard Bruce to come up with seven books that influenced me. My regular reader – she’s a nice woman –...

A Day Long Remembered

It's been 40 years since we were introduced to the world of the Empire, the Jedi and The Force.

Another record breaking year for Bloody Scotland

Well. That’s Bloody Scotland 2017 over, never to be seen again. Except in photographs. It was another record-breaker, with ticket sales 30% up on last year. The Festival just grows...

Investigating why a book just isn’t work

I wasn't being drawn back to the book I was writing. Which is not a good thing. The question was, why?

The imagination can take flight – but not in a good way

Okay. So that’s me updated my website. I’ve posted lots of stuff on FB, some on Twitter. I’ve done a wee job for a pal. I’ve been on You Tube...

Night and Day

Sometimes the best ideas come in the middle of a sleepless night.

Snapshots in time

The man was talking to someone I couldn’t see. Or maybe he was talking to someone only he could see. All I knew was that when I reached him, there...

Schooldays and friendship

Last night I attended a prizegiving at Lesmahagow High School. My job was to shake hands, congratulate each prizewinner and then pass them their certificate or trophy. I managed it...

Looking back can be a bad habit

Sometimes looking back is not a good idea. Just ask Lot’s wife.

The terrors of a new book

The new book will be published on April 27. I hope it entertains. I hope it enthrals. I hope it makes you at least smile. I hope, this time, it scares you.