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I spent my early years listening to the sound of riveting hammers on the river Clyde ringing in my ears. At the tender age of 17, I left school and joined the Royal Navy. This was not a mutually happy arrangement and after three years being trained as an engineer, I left to explore other avenues for a career.

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My family emigrated to the USA in early 1967, and I joined them later that year. I was hired by the local phone company to maintain the switching equipment and short haul carrier systems.

Not being challenged enough with this full time job I took to building and racing motorcycles on the clubman circuits of Northern California. One engine blow-up to many saw me changed direction and declare I was going to build a boat and sail the oceans of the world.

Plans for a 45 foot Ferro-cement (later stretched to 51 feet by adding a bowsprit) ocean going ketch were purchased. As the building of the boat progressed I met and married Nancy. Three years after starting construction, the boat was launched and suitably named, Nancy L. It wasn’t long before the sound of tiny feet could be heard running up and down the deck.

After sailing the San Francisco bay and short trips up and down the Pacific coast it was decided to sell the boat and relocate to England and a re-establish a career in telecommunications.

As a hobby I took to making acoustic guitars and from my love of making guitars came my love of writing, and talking about guitars. The highly successful book Step by Step Guitar Making was the result of this endeavour and the inspiration for my present career in creative writing.

Moving away from the workbench of writing about the making and caring of guitars, I ventured out into the deep waters of novel writing.

My debut novel, “The Penitent Heart” takes the reader along on a wild journey with Bill, a hapless househusband, who’s abandoned his family for a life at sea on a 105-foot ocean going charter yacht bound for the Amazon river.

Buchanan; The case of the bodies in the Marina,” is my second novel, and takes a different tack. We get to work alongside, seasoned Glasgow detective DCI Buchanan who has been seconded from tough streets of Glasgow to the genteel surrounds of Eastbourne. He is in Eastbourne to investigate two suspicious deaths in the Eastbourne Marina.

Current work, due for release early summer 2016, tentatively titled, “The Falcon”. The Falcon is a modern action adventure story about the search for an elusive black statue of a falcon. Jack has lost his family in a car accident and now lives and works building and repairing guitars on a restored WW2 tugboat berthed in the Eastbourne Marina.

I now spend my days writing, giving talks, and doing a bit of basic book-binding. I also enjoy being a househusband and gregarious grandfather, and going for walks with my wife, Nancy. For exercise, I cycle, and tend my allotment, though not necessarily both on the same day.