Kilmarnock, Scotland, but now living in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire
A Scottish writer who has written countless travel books and articles. Since I was a kid I have enjoyed reading crime and mystery fiction, so last year I thought it was time I started writing it. No crime published as yet, though. But there's still time.
I review crime books for the Crimesquad website.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Edgar Allan Poe
Mervyn Peake (the Gormenghast books)
....I'll give up there, even though it's only a fraction of the writers I like.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I try not to watch too much TV (with varying degrees of success), because I am a sucker for crime series of any kind - mean-streets-of-the-big-city, retired-colonel-murdered-in-a-thatched-cottage-in-a-pretty-village, lone-man-saving-the-world,PI-with-a-drink-problem-and-an-ex-wife-who-sucked-him-dry-through-alimony. The lot, no matter how tacky, no matter how bad (...yes, I know, I know...), including
Waking the Dead
I am not a great movie buff, but I did enjoy watching:
I know I'm not being asked about my musical tastes, but it ranges from Mozart, Beethoven and Berio to the late Eva Cassidy (what a voice!), the Traveling Wilburies, Beatles and that superb jazz guitarist Martin Taylor (he bought me a drink once).
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If you ave not visited my shop in Wigtown you should do so. I have the largest stock of second hand crime fiction in UK. My shop is behind the petrol station in Wigtown. Wigtowns Book Festival is from 25th September to 4th October.
Nice to hear from you on this bitter cold, Scottish morning. I will go straight to Amazon and buy your books.
My late brother lived in Hong Kong for many years before moving to Japan and teaching English as a foreign language in a city called Miyazaki. Hong Kong was a place he loved.
Have you read any of Peter May's crime books, set in Beijing?
My day time job is travel writer, but I have never been to the Far East. I am trying to distance myself from travel writing now, as travel no longer excites me. And when that happens, you won't excite your readers.
Thanks for your request. I'm not a native of Darlington, but have lived here since 1979. I know the area where your daughter and family lived. I lived in Bonnybrig in Scotland for a short time, beautiful scenery.
I see you have several writing projects in the pot...me too, I only wish I could finish one of them. I have joined Nanowrimo this year in an effort to motivate me into completing a novel that has collected dust!
Hi Summerrain! I write guidebooks and coffee table books. If you go to http://www.allbookstores.com/author/James_Gracie.html you'll see some of them there. I'm trying to move away from travel, but it's not easy, as travel forms the main part of my income.
Glad you like M.A.S.H. and Amadeus. My ambition is to visit Salzburg one day. I nearly made it, but only got as far as Vienna, which is an amazing city.
I'm trying to write a few short stories, and I have a police procedural on the go, set in Scotland. I also have a half-written radio play and one on Edgar Allan Poe and his time in Scotland.
All of your questions on Bounty Hunting will be answered beginning this week. If you don't already belong to http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/
stop by and join.
A hunter is the person who goes after someone who is out of jail on bail and doesn't show up for court. A warrant is issued by the courts for failure to appear. It is up to the hunter to track them down and take them back to jail before the bonding company loses their bond money. I will be doing a blog every Monday at the above site. I will also be answering questions as well. I look forward to seeing you there.