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In a desperate bid to break the Asian market, I headed to Thailand in early 2018 to give them the gift of a complex Scottish novel riddled with references that would fly over their head. Under the guise of a family holiday, I made contact with two book clubs in the Thai capital (Timeless Classics and the Bangkok International Book Club) and arranged to meet them during my stay.
The first meeting was with the Bangkok International Book Club and it was on familiar ground at the Emporium shopping mall, which is situated a five-minute walk from my old apartment on Sukhumvit 22. Four members of the club (Robert, Mari, Alex and Tom) were kind enough to turn up and give me their thoughts on Moristoun and books in general. I even had the honour of watching a solar eclipse with Mari and Robert after the meeting had finished. Thanks to everyone for a great night.
The meeting with the Timeless Classics group came on Valentine’s Day, just hours before I flew back to Scotland. This ensured a smaller turnout as many were otherwise engaged in romantic pursuits, something Mrs McAllion would have preferred me to be doing. But I still had a great night chatting with Sunil and Jim who were both great company.
They gave me lots of valuable feedback about Moristoun and an insight into stocks and shares that might prove invaluable some day. Jim and Sunil are also published authors, with the former kindly handing over a free copy of his book Summer Storm.
You can find Jim’s novel here while Sunil’s book about his experiences at a meditation retreat, The Vipassana Experience, is available here. Please check these books out as they are great guys and talented writers.
Moristoun is one of 11 signed books up for grabs in a charity raffle to help raise funds for Whale And Dolphin Conservation.
The raffle is being organised by fellow author Megan Sparrow and runs until August 21 so please visit her fundraising page and help in whatever way you can.
The other authors who have signed books for the auction are V L McBeath - Hooks and Eyes, M L Sparrow - Red Days, Richard Ayre - Point of Contact, Rebecca Long Howard - The Day After the End of the World, Rosie Chapel - Of Ruins and Romance, Greg McVicker - Through the Eyes of a Belfast Child, Maria Riegger - Miscalculated Risks, Jan Harvey - The Seven Letters, Sharon L. Higa - Rose and Steel, Sharon L. Higa - Desert Tracks.
There was a double dose of Moristoun on the Working Title blog, as Kevin featured in a author interview and an extract from the book appeared on the site.
Huge thanks go out to E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago for featuring Moristoun and giving the book such a big show on their site.
Read the interview here and find out why Kevin would take a monkey hypnotist with him to a desert island, if he prefers haggis to porridge and what he thinks a Scotsman should have under his kilt.
Given that E.M. and Jane like a bit of sci-fi and fantasy, the extract on the site features Moristoun's dimension-spanning toilet and details how McSorely made the trip to the island's shores. You can read it here.
Moristoun was featured as the Book of the Day on the website of the same name.
The page also features the wee promotional video Kevin made to plug the book. Check it out here.
Thanks to everyone at Book of the Day for taking a look at Moristoun.
As part of the promotion for his talk at Aberdeen Central Library for Mental Health Awareness Week, Kevin spoke to the local radio station SHMU.
After a few techincal troubles it looked like the interview might never take place but thankfully they were ironed out and eventually it went ahead on their Culture Show.
Kevin would like to thank the presenter Angela Joss and producer Laura Young for having him on the show. Thanks also go to Angela Duguid and Brian Maitland for helping to put me in touch with Laura. Here is the interview
Kevin had a wonderful time signing copies of Moristoun at the Oxfam Bookshop on Byres Road, Glasgow, on March 10, 2017.
Huge thanks to Roisin Murray for helping to set up event and to Gillian Nelson and everyone at the shop for making Kevin feel so welcome on the day.
Biggest thanks of all goes to everyone who stopped to buy a copy and have a chat. All the books were sold, raising over £50 for the shop. Kevin was thrilled to meet so many lovely people and was amazed at the restraint of those who turned down free bottles of Irn-Bru and Tunnocks Tea Cakes.
Thanks to fellow author Mary Woldering for featuring Kevin and Moristoun on her entertaining website.
In an interesting twist, Mary's site interviewed both Kevin and Moristoun's finest lawyer, William Buchan. You can read why Kevin rates the John Gordon Sinclair sitcom Nelson's Column so highly here, while Buchan's musings can be found here. Links to Mary's books are available on her site and you can find her author's page on Goodreads here.
Fellow author Andrew M Ferrell has featurted Kevin and Moristoun on his personal website.
You can read my Meet The Author interview here and find out more about my literary favourites and the journey towards becoming an author. For more information on Andrew and his books check out his Goodreads page.
Kevin has written a guest post for Lynn Case Books about tackling the taboo of suicide, which examines how other authors have approached this difficult subject throughout history.
Thanks to Lynn, a talented author herself, for featuring Moristoun on her website. Please visits her site to read the post and order some of Lynn's books while you are there.
The website Reviews In The City feature Kevin in their Author Interview segment this week. Find out what inspires Kevin to write and what his next project is by clicking here. You can also discover who Kevin's favourite author is and why he rates that writer's work so highly. Thanks again to everyone at Reviews In The City for agreeing to feature Kevin and Moristoun on their excellent site.
Thanks to Dawn Renton for her excellent article about Moristoun in The Extra newspapers, which are distributed all across Scotland. The papers hit the streets on Thursday September 8 so you have until the 16th to pick up your copy. Rush down to your newsagent before its too late.
Crystal FM featured Moristoun on Margaret Wilson's Book Club programme and Kevin spent a wonderful morning through in Penicuik, talking about the book and wider issues relating to Moristoun, such as suicide in general and the dark side of technology.
Margaret and her producer Colin McCall (pictured above) made Kevin feel very welcome and it was a really enjoyable 90 minutes spent in their company. Please listen to their station regularly as they create interesting programmes that deserve a wider audience. The interview also gives you an insight into Kevin's musical tastes as it features three tracks picked by him from The Handsome Family, Neko Case and Billie Holliday which all have some relevance to Moristoun.
Here is the YouTube video of the interview, which lasts for about 45 mins.
Thanks to everyone at WH Smith on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow for setting up a book signing at the store on Monday July 25, 2016. Kevin was there for two hours at lunchtime signing copies of Moristoun and met some really nice people who stopped to have a chat.
Everyone at the shop was very helpful and Kevin would like to extend special thanks to the kind man collecting money for a cancer charity who helped inform several punters about the signing.
Midlothian-based community station Black Diamond FM featured Kevin and Moristoun on Saturday July 23. Thanks to Gordon Clayton for having Kevin on his show and for making it such an interesting interview.
After a few teething troubles with the technology, the phone interview went very well, mainly thanks to Gordon's excellent questions. Below is a YouTube video which covers Moristoun, Kevin's lost novels and his plans for a second book. Please listen to Gordon and Co by visiting their website here.
Thanks to Jim McMillan and everyone at Sunny G Radio for interviewing Kevin about Moristoun. It was great to see the wonderful work they do in Govan to engage with the local community and to hear about some of their success stories from Jim (pictured right).
Our interview went out on Sunday July 3 and was repeated during the rest of the week. Below is a YouTube video of the broadcast, which covers Kevin's career and influences as well as the taboo of suicide.
The wonderful Yvonne at the Fiction Books website was kind enough to feature Moristoun in her Mailbox Monday section ahead of publishing a guest post from Kevin about dealing with the sensitive subject of suicide.
The official launch night for Moristoun took place at Waterstone’s on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow on May 20. Around 60 people turned up to hear Kevin talk about the book and read Chapter 11, Cupid Draw Backs His Bow, where McSorely meets Gail on his first trip to the Tortured Soul.
The event was a great success, mainly thanks to the hard work of Kevin’s wife Thanyalak, who worked away for days preparing a Thai buffet for everyone to eat at the launch. She was assisted by this by her friend Jyemee, who also cooked some Malaysian chicken satay and noodles.
It was great to see so many people turn out for the launch and Kevin would like to thank everyone who came along. Special mention goes to Keith and Laura Gribbin, who came all the way up from England and helped with the tidying up after the event. Huge thanks are also due to Kevin’s old school friends Mark Petrie and Mark Craig who were a great help in both setting up the buffet and cleaning up all the mess afterwards.
Everyone at Waterstone’s made us feel so welcome and we appreciate all the hard work that went in to setting up the event, especially from Gen Williams at Austin Macauley plus James and Ben at Waterstone’s and all the other staff who helped on the night.
Thanks to everyone at CamGlen Radio for featuring Moristoun on their Breakfast Show ahead of World Book Night.The author would like to thank Garrie Harvey, Dylan Petrie and David Cuthbertson for making him feel so welcome. We've cobbled together a YouTube video of the show, so you can marvel at Kevin's attempt to pronounce the word "commune"properly.
Huge thanks to everyone at the Daily Record for giving me the chance to write a piece about what drove me to create Moristoun. Special thanks go out to Austin Barrett, Annie Brown, Melanie Harvey and Fiora McFarlane for all their help and advice. You can read my piece on the Daily Record website here.
Thank you to Joanne for featuring Moristoun on the Portobello Book Blog. Find out more about Kevin's literary influences and which character from fiction he would most like to be by reading the story on the blog here.