The End Of The Road


AMAZINGLY tomorrow’s trip to Middlesbrough will bring to an end my four stop WHSmith North of England Tour, which has proven an undoubted success on many fronts.

After three stops in Newcastle, Durham and Gateshead Metro the bottom line is sitting at a not too shabby 141 sales, which adding the 57 I did at Kingston Upon Thames back on January 27, takes me to 198 for my trips South of the Border.

To be quite frank if someone had offered me these sales figures at the start of the year I would have replied: “Thank you very much, what you drinking?!!”

Aye Write is...just the cup of tea!!

Here’s Hoping My Trip To Middlesbrough Will Be Just The Cup Of Tea!!


But my trips to and from England have also provided a huge source of experiences, locations and people with which to help add colour to my current MS in progress ‘Fear’.

As I write this blog I have just finished the first section of a three/four chapter sequence set on a Virgin East Coast Train, much like the one I have found myself in, on most Saturday’s through February/March!

Maybe, one day if you end up reading this novel, I hope it will be obvious that the minutiae of a routine train journey, if well observed, can provide some very nourishing food for thought!!

But although tomorrow will mark the end of my English lessons, there will be no rest for the wicked as next week I hope to announce a ‘Pop Up’ signing tour with WH Smith Scotland in four or five selected shops leading up to the final of The People’s Book Prize, on May 23, in which I am delighted to say my current work ‘The Shift’ has managed to claim a place.

Looking back over the last few weeks spent in the North East I must say a huge thanks to everyone who has engaged with me, bought my books and no doubt a good few who have been bored rigid by my particular brand of book baloney.

At the moment there are an awful lot of potentially very exciting things happening in the background, that for just now, must be saved for a rainy day!

Having reached 36,000 words of ‘Fear’ the follow up to ‘Heist’ my, as yet, unpublished maiden outing of Ludovic Fear, the disgraced ex-SAS trooper, it’s hard to know what awaits in the future but through all the uncertainty I can promise you one thing….

I will write on!



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A Tough Day For A Book Signing

Thanks For The Coffees Paul!

Tomorrow’s visit to WHSmith Gateshead Metro Centre will be the third of my four stop North Of England Tour and at the half-way stage it’s been a case of so far so good.

Last week’s trip to Durham proved to be another good day out in the North East with 45 book sales and a huge thanks to Paul, whom I’m pictured with right, and all his staff for my cups of coffee, bottles of water and all your kind help, it was really appreciated.

Again the people of the North East proved to be really friendly, even if one nattily dressed silver haired lady met my enquiry if she liked crime fiction with a disdainful no.

When I asked if she preferred Mills & Boon, I was met with a rant that was surely the equal of anything that ever came out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous hair dryer!

Suffice to say it would appear that some Cambridge Graduates take themselves very seriously indeed!!

Thankfully though my books, banter and baloney were otherwise well received and as you can see from the pic below, Durham is just a wonderful historic place to visit.Durham 2

And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have contacted me via my website to say they have enjoyed the books they have purchased from me at the signings mentioned.

But although I’m looking forward to my trip to the Metro Centre, tomorrow’s signing will be a toughie and that is because a few hundred miles further South the Scottish Rugby team will be desperately trying to end 34 years of pain and disappointment at Twickenham!

As a former Glasgow Evening Times Rugby correspondent I know all of the ‘Glasgow Boys’ in the Scottish team well and have a good friend ‘@truscot007’ who supplies most of them with a cutting edge sports sock or Trusox to be precise.

It has been a pleasure to watch Scotland in the RBS Six Nations this season…something no honest self-respecting rugby Scot has been able to say for a few years up until  Vern Cotter’s second season at the helm.

I’m sure my friends at Bridge Of Allan Squash club will be cheering the boys in dark blue on from the bar while the black stuff flows and Uncle Steve’s half-time pies are gorged!

My big problem is going to be how to get back to my house in Stirling without knowing the result!

Anyway if you are in the Metro Centre tomorrow between 11am and 3ish pm and like your crime fiction full of betrayal, heartbreak and revenge please pop in…even if you don’t fancy one of my books I promise not to accuse you of being a Mills & Boon fan!!!




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