Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am now in my late seventies, married for almost fifty years and closely
engaged with the development of my grandsons. In good health I continue to walk
the local hills around Edinburgh,
play golf, chess, listen to a wide range of music, and read avidly (history,
philosophy, poetry and fiction). After retiring from many years spent raising
finance for small enterprises and 'mad' scientists, I had accumulated a
knowledge of exciting developments for the future. This forms the basis of a
saga written to interest young minds in the possibilities that lay ahead of
I seek to offer a vision of a better possible world to the youngsters of today,
hence the writing of 'Legends of the Ells'. To date four books have been
written and two published, 'Tomorrow's Children' and 'The Young Guardians'. In
addition a small volume of poetry, 'As Autumn Fails' is now available. The
third volume,'The Rainbow Jewel' will be out shortly.
Describe your book ‘Tomorrow's Children’ in 30
words or less.
from now, most of Earth's problems have been solved by the intervention of the
Ells, who have now departed leaving young half Ells behind to maintain
What was the hardest part of
writing your book?
After many years
helping inventors find finance I wished to communicate my enthusiasm for
scientific possibilities to young minds by writing a series of exciting tales.
With an awareness of the follies of mankind I also wished to offer the picture
of a better possible future civilisation, where peace and tolerance ruled. To
achieve this without 'preaching' while gripping the attention of young readers
was a great challenge. Action from the beginning, while evoking the emotions of
the reader with the characters, was essential.
books have had the greatest influence on you?
Tolkein's 'Lord of the Rings', Hillaire Belloc's essays, Wavell's 'Other
Men's Flowers', Gurdjieff/Ouspensky's books, 'The Religion' by Tim Willox,
Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series,John Buchan's books, the St James Bible.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
I e-mail all my
friends, send copies for review, put the first on Kindle for 99p (or cents) I
do the BuzzBook games. Am trying to interest Macmillan (or anyone) with the
offer, for free, to publish Tomorrow's Children as a book for schools in India/ China,
together with a study guide prepared by a senior Edinburgh teacher.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
listening to music, travelling with my wife, discussions with my friends.
What are you working on next?
Writing more poems, planning book five. Trying to get first book into schools