I was born in Edinburgh although currently live deep in the Moray countryside. Married to Cathy since 1980, I have three grown children. I am a researcher and a writer as well as working as a lecturer in Inverness College.
About writer's work
I write both historical fiction and nonfiction. At present my nonfiction is concentrating on 19th century Scottish crime and the Scottish whaling industry. My fiction also has a criminal slant, with The Darkest Walk, a novel about a Victorian detective, being shortlisted for the Roma FilmFest in 2011 and an autumn winner of the People’s Book Prize. An earlier novel, Whales for the Wizard, won the 2005 Dundee Book Prize.
Current events and projects
The Dundee Whaling Industry is due out in June 2013; The Dundee Murders, a sequel to The Darkest Walk, is due to be published in August and Whisky Wars, Riots and Murder: Crime in the 19th century Highlands and Islands is to be published on 12 September 2013. I am available to give talks on Scottish Whaling, 19th century crime, nautical folklore, Queen Victoria’s Wars, the Boer War and the First World War.