I entered the graphic arts market in 1977, joining a commercial sheet-fed printer as an estimator/production controller. Three years later I left for Watford College to take an HND in Printing Technology. In 1983 I became a journalist on Printing World magazine and I’ve been writing for the graphic arts market ever since. My first book, Trouble Shooting For Printers, was published by the BPIF in 1990.
In 2006 I decided to be, in my spare time, ‘an author’ and in 2009 my first novel, the historical fiction The Italian Chapel, was published by Black & White Publishing in Edinburgh. This was followed in 2010 by the publication of the non-fiction Orkney’s Italian Chapel: The True Story of an Icon. Since then I have published my memoir, Nylon Kid of the North. This tells another true story, both hilarious and tragic, of certain medically-related events that took place between 1981 and 1983. Men Cry Alone, a contemporary novel concerning domestic abuse against men, tells the story about three men being abused by their wives.
My latest novel, Casting Off, is based on a stage play of mine which toured during the autumn of 2015. It’s a tale about a group of elderly residents in a Highland care home. When new owners increase the fees they have to devise ways to raise money … with hilarious and unforeseen results!