About 15 years ago I wrote a novel called “Own Goals”, set in my home town, Dumfries, and related in a bizarre way to Scottish football fans. I sent it to one publisher who told me he didn’t want it but added that if I could find an agent, he was sure it would find a publisher. These were my glass-half-empty days and I took that as a crushing rejection and thought no more about it.
Soon after that, I met my current literary agent Selwa Anthony and everything changed.
I also wrote a couple of self-help books for Selwa which should be mentioned. And they just have been.
Selwa introduced me to Sandy MacGregor, who, as a young officer in the Australian Army in the early days of the Vietnam War, led a troop of volunteer engineers who not only defused Viet Cong booby traps but were the first to actually go down into the now-famous tunnel systems. Sandy told me about his experiences but I interviewed a lot of the men who served there and got the other side of the soldier’s life; the stuff they don’t write about in military histories.
My wife Sue Williams was approached by artist Eric Lobbecke who wanted her to write a children’s story for him to illustrate. She was too busy but I was keen and the reult was The Koala Who Bounced.
And then there’s Apartment Living which I wrote with Sue , and which led to the weekly Flat Chat column in the Sydney Morning Herald and then, oddly, to the Ultimate Guide to Buying and Renting … which I wrote for Fairfax.
Click on any of these covers and you can read more about the books if you want to and there are a few copies for sale if you’re really keen.
And yes there is another crime novel in the pipeline although whether it does any better than “Own Goals” remains to be seen.