I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Love’s Long Road.

Glasgow was a very different city back then and it was not until the 1980s that the city’s cultural renaissance started to happen. I've kept the Student Handbooks for each year I was at university from 1975 to 1978, which outlined to new students the social and cultural opportunities in Glasgow as well as providing a snapshot of the values and issues of the time. They provided invaluable source material for the setting of my novel and it is fascinating to compare the world described in these handbooks with the vibrant, cosmopolitan and sophisticated Glasgow of today.

After I graduated from University I got a sales job with a toiletries company working in South Glasgow and the surrounding areas. I'd occasionally travel down to London and that's when I discovered Camden Town and Soho, the other main setting in the book.

After many years in sales and marketing, I set up a media consultancy business which I sold a few years ago to focus on becoming an author. My writing has been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter and has also been placed third in the Lightship Prize for first time authors.