Book Week Scotland is heading our way at a brisk pace.

It’s the week that sees more authors on the road than traffic cones, darting here and there to engage with readers in libraries and other venues across our beautiful country.

I’m thankful that I’ve got a busy week, although I’ll sure be racking up the miles.

This year’s theme is REBEL, so I’ll be tailoring my presentation to that. Is it a noun or a verb? And how does it dovetail into crime fiction? These are the questions I’ll be pondering in my solo events.

On Monday November 19 I’m in Greenock Central Library.

However, on Tuesday November 20 I’ll be doing my Graham Norton with bestselling – and prizewinning – authors Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney, discussing their books The Long Drop and The Quaker in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. Both are superb reads based on real-life events. I’m looking forward to talking true Glasgow crime in a fictional setting with them. Both Denise and Liam know their stuff and they will provide some fascinating insights into real crime and writing.

Wednesday November 21 sees me back on my own with my Rebel theme, this time heading to Lochgilphead Library

Then, on Thursday, it’s over the water to lovely Mull and Tobermory Library

On Friday, I’ll be lying down in a darkened room!

I hope to see you at one of these events. Book Week Scotland is a wonderful concept by the Scottish Book Trust and has been going strong for some time now. I’m honoured to be part of it.