I worked in IT for 30 years… but I’m much better now.

My books are multi-stranded storylines involving larger-than-life characters, whose plans and incompetence inevitably exceed their wits. Each involves an off-beat loner called Cullen who lives off the grid in the Scottish Borders and gets accidentally drawn into someone’s schemes, only for his own (very personal) sense of right and wrong to be offended. That’s generally when things start to go wronger.

My first book, Where Seagulls Dare, involves the machinations of a Russian oligarch to take over the Scottish salmon-farming industry, an ardent eco-protestor with his own agenda, and a blonde bombshell from Hollywood looking to recharge her career via a stint in Glasgow panto.

The second, A Fistful of Collars, brings together the Church of Scotland, the fashion industry, a textile mill in the Scottish Borders, a professional footballer with addiction issues, and an IT worker who fancies a future as a famous hitman.

The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, my third comic novel to feature Cullen, involves a court case, UFO-spotting, and climaxes during the Melrose Rugby Sevens tournament.

I also have three novellas on Amazon: Dirty Barry, which tells how Cullen and Big Paul first met; Bronchial Billy, which reveals a tiny bit about what makes Cullen the way he is; and Pale Ale Rider, which shows how even Cullen is only human after all.

The three novellas are also available as a single-volume trilogy called Base Cowboys.

Likes: my Mini Cooper, songwriting, playing piano, vanilla panna cotta, The Beatles, woodburning stoves, wittertainment, Bill Bailey, #sadmanonatrain, fruit gums, Carl Hiaasen, The Wire, spicy food, Van Gogh, Lindsey Buckingham, oaked chardonnay, House MD, long walks, cinema, reading in bed, florentines, Only Connect, board games, Otis Lee Crenshaw, Budweiser, GBBO, India, cheese, David Armand’s mimes, bookshops, Scandi Noir, Diet Coke, The Economist, Blackadder, good sausages, Dickens, Helena Bonham-Carter (secret crush), the Times crossword, the song Mmmbop, and pies.

And lists.

Dislikes: ITV, pinot grigio, tattoos, ballet, ready meals, rap, religion, clutter, artificial raspberry flavouring, marmite, jazz, under-powered showers, people who don’t look after their stuff, opera, sprouts, and waste.

And mashed potato.

I really don’t like mashed potato.

My books might be for you if:

  • You like Carl Hiaasen and fancy storylines set in Scotland instead of Florida.
  • You want an escapist read, not something longlisted for The Man Booker.
  • You don’t want to spend more than four quid on a book.

I currently live in Penicuik and recently published my fourth novel, Lay Misty For Me.