Book Projects

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  • Yin Yang Tattoo

 

Travel

 

    I have ongoing book projects in two areas: crime fiction and travel writing.  

    For the moment, my crime fiction concentrates on one central character, a middle-aged Scottish photographer who used to live in Seoul, South Korea for several years. While in no way autobiographical, it does wholeheartedly embrace the adage of 'writing about what you know'. 

    The first in this series, entitled Yin Yang Tattoo, was published in June 2010 by Sandstone Press.

    A sequel is in the works, set in the region in Northern China and Thailand where many North Korean refugees live in exiled limbo. There, they are at the mercy of corrupt Chinese officials, local gangsters, questionably-motivated South Korean evangelical charity organisations -- and in permanent fear of re-patriation to North Korea, where at best, a bunk in the Gulag awaits them.

    

     In travel writing, my travel book on the Shetland Islands, BETWEEN WEATHERS, Travels in 21st Century Shetland, was published in 2008 by Sandstone Press. The book has been well-received, and was nominated for the 2008 Saltire Society Literary Awards.

 Another project, called The Mild Wild West, remains an ongoing possibility, either as a book or as a television documentary series. So far it has only reached the stage of a fictional 'Introduction', in which only the settings are real.