I was born and raised in the district of Lochaber, in the Western Highlands of Scotland. At the age of seventeen I followed the same military path taken by many of my forebears. While serving with the army in Northern Ireland I met my future wife; the lovely and diminutive Ruby, inspiration for the main female characters in The Last Sunset. After leaving the army I moved to Belfast where together Ruby and I lived through many of the worst years of The Troubles. Eventually, very much the worse for wear, we brought our young family of three home to the Highlands. The lochs, hills and glens of Lochaber are like balm to the soul, and have inspired storytellers for as long as people have lived in these glens. The Last Sunset is simply the latest in a long line of tales inspired by this ancient land.