Having been busy with a conventional and sometimes unconventional career for forty-five years, only a few years ago did I get the chance to sit down and write a book. I had made one or two halfhearted attempts over the years but once the day came it was time to get on with it.

Sitting at the computer day after day wrapped up in another world can be a lonely pastime, though this can be alleviated by a walk to the local cafe to carry on writing there for an hour or two. On a good day the words seem to flow, time passes quickly and with a couple of thousand words laid down I  turn back to other things in life feeling pleased with myself. Not all days are that good though.

But writing Sea of Gold, my first book, gave me satisfaction, especially when the thoughtful and mostly favourable reviews of readers began to come in.

Having other projects on the go is important too. I edit a quarterly house magazine for the company I’ve worked for over many years, first in Hong Kong, then Tokyo, Piraeus and finally back here in the UK.

I walk which helps the thinking process. Many an intractable plot issue has been resolved along the river or coast.

I try to write something every day, even on holiday. I don’t always succeed: self-discipline and motivation are essential attributes but can be elusive.

I hope you enjoy this website. I will try to keep it interesting. I am grateful to all of you who have read Sea of Gold. It gives me the resolve to keep on with Angus McKinnon and his further exploits.

Best Wishes,

Nick Elliott

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