Hallelujah! As of March 16th. 2006 my stories are no longer being held hostage by PublishAmerica, the nastiest and now most notorious fake publisher in the business.Anyone in doubt should visit the writers forum at Absolute Write http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10211 for an update on victims' efforts to expose the fraud and have the rights to their books restored. Further information can be found on the home page of my website http://www.adrifterslegacy.co.uk where my stories can be read for free.
PUBLISHAMERICA IS AN ELABORATE OUTRAGEOUS LITERARY SCAM PERPETRATED BY PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS WILLEM MEINERS, LARRY CLOPPER AND MIRANDA PRATHER.
Most of my stories are based on real life. As a recovering alcoholic I wrote them in an effort to dredge up the past, hoping that by doing so I might better understand where it all went wrong - or at least find a clue to my real (sober) identity.
Two stories, "Gulf" and "Tarradale's Option" are tributes to the Sutherland crofting community amongst whom I was privileged to live for three years. The American connection in "Gulf" is inspired a long-standing involvement with U.S. Internet writing communities. Special thanks to Bob Church for vetting the American dialogue. "Gulf" is based on a real happening in the early seventies.
"Orra Loon" and "Bonny in Black" (originally "Strushle Jock") are set in Speyside and culled from my experiences growing up in that district. My father worked at Aberlour Orphanage and I attended school there in the forties and fifties. The home, which used to house 350 boys and girls, had its own farm, school and church. The school clock tower is all that remains today of that Dickensian institution.
For "Insulated Conductor," a humorous tale of life on London Buses, I try to convey a cockney touch, as with "Potholes and Speed" and "Dodgy Night Out." I spent three years as a bus driver with London Transport and a few more learning the quirks of the furniture removal trade
"Friendly Fire" draws on my bleary recollections of life in Jersey and the destructive self-indulgence that was to have far-reaching negative effects on innocent people's lives.
"Jerusalem" and "My Brother's Keeper" are practically autobiographical, charting how I eventually reached the stage of reaching out for help for my addiction at the expense of a life-long friendship.
I live live with my wife Muriel in Waltham Abbey, Essex, U.K. Most of my plot-led tales are based on fact, with anecdotes culled from an unusually varied career as distillers clerk, whisky blender, coal miner, builder’s labourer, brewer’s drayman, London bus driver, trucker, mobile librarian - and a few I can't remember.
I was born and brought up on the Malt Whisky Trail of Speyside, before moving on to Fife, Glasgow, Luton, Sough, London, Jersey and North Sutherland as the “spirit” moved me. Along the way I met some interesting characters and I have endeavoured to portray a few of these in the stories.