Author: Nick

1 February 2016

By chance, as I was half way through writing Sea of Gold, I met Peter Flannery, author of the successful psychic thriller, First and Only. Peter was forming a small group of fellow writers. We call ourselves The Border Scribblers. We meet once a month in a local coffee shop here in the Scottish Borders for a couple of hours and talk about (surprise) writing. Sometimes we read out passages from whatever we’re working on. Sometimes we discuss a particular topic like ‘sense of place’ or ‘point of view’ or ‘characterisation’. And sometimes (often) we discuss marketing and promotion. We’re all either self-published or with a publisher. And we’re all very enthusiastic. Meeting Peter and the others was a stroke of luck. More recently I’ve joined another group who I discovered through Meetup in Edinburgh. Again, some of us are self-published and others have a publisher. But the emphasis is on self-publishing. Whilst the Border Scribblers are mostly novelists, the Edinburgh group includes poets, short story writers and academic text book authors. Being a solitary business, writers need the company of like-minded folk from time to time and I’m fortunate to have found such a good crowd to chew the fat...

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Sea of Gold

I say in the book’s blurb: “In the world of international shipping, the rules are blurred and the oceans lawless.” While there is some dramatic licence in this statement, it contains a strong element of truth as well. The laws governing the shipping industry are inevitably compromised by the plethora of jurisdictions involved in the simplest of transactions. The ship may be registered in a tiny Pacific island state. Her crew may represent half a dozen different nations. Her owners may be Greek but her charterers from Switzerland. Her cargo might originate in Brazil and be destined for China....

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