Ghost Tree launches at local haunts



For most authors these days, getting a place anywhere close to number one million in the Amazon rankings is cause for breaking out the champagne.

There are so very many books out there, all jostling for the attention of potential readers, that most of them never see the light of day – day, of course, meaning within the top 100 of the bestsellers rank within the genre.

It is with great delight that I find the Kindle edition of The Ghost Tree at no 156 in the Books > Fiction >Horror > Fantasy list (even though it’s not a fantasy) – a place that I never expected to be sitting in.

Now I know there will be hundreds of thousands of authors laughing into their glowing Amazon reports at my delight over a small ranking, but this is a milestone for me. I am also aware that Amazon listings are fickle and the book could drop to 999,999 in the same section within the blink of an eye. It is, however, really inspiring to see the book so close to the top 100 on any list and the paperback has not even been published yet.

I am launching The Ghost Tree at the Ewart Library, Dumfries, on Thursday night and I find that a more terrifying prospect than facing the Mackie poltergeist in the dark without a crucifix.

In the current economic climate, libraries are under a lot of pressure to look useful and busy while councillors sit at committee meetings deciding how and when they will close them. I am therefore really dedicated to helping them, even if that means facing the public in an event starring me.

I am the kind of person who loves the camera, provided I am the one looking through the viewfinder.

My second event will take place at Waterstones book shop in Dumfries on Saturday, 3 October. The local bookstores are also taking a pounding from their mighty online counterparts and I like to think that my presence, no matter how insignificant, will go a small way towards supporting them.

Thanks to everyone who has bought my book and to those very special people who have taken time to write a review. You are all wonderful.

Natural inspiration


Ardvreck Castle, Inchnadamph, Assynt, Sutherland

Visited my favourite place in the world, recently: the north west Highlands.

This land holds an ancient natural beauty that is wild and unsullied and there is nowhere more inspirational to a fantasy writer like me.

The edge of Rubha Duilich overlooking Enard Bay, Ross and Cromarty

So inspirational, in fact, that the main character from The Ghost Tree is a native of Sutherland.
Here are a few sepia snaps with a bit of added noise (to those photo techies out there) to illustrate what I mean.
This place should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Applecross Bay looking on to the Isle of Skye, Ross and Cromarty


Achnahaird Bay, Coigach Peninsula, Ross and Cromarty