I’m a prize-winning fiction writer. My novel ‘Amsterdam Rampant’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize (one of the world’s leading prizes for unpublished novels). I will self-publish the novel as an ebook in November, and I’m keen to source a striking and original cover design. Synopsis of the novel as follows:
“There’s no place quite like Amsterdam for losing yourself, and Fin McPhail is one of the lost.
It wasn’t supposed to end up like this. Amsterdam was going to be a fresh start away from all his problems back in Scotland. His new life started well enough, with a new job, big plans, and sobriety. But as winter tightened its grip, Fin reverted back to his old temptations, slowly edging into Amsterdam’s underworld...
And now, not only is Fin being followed by a psychopath, but his old life is hurtling back towards him in the shape of a stag party – four reprobates from his hometown in Scotland, including his future brother-in-law and the former school bully – will arrive in the city this evening. With time running out, and nothing left to lose, he knows there is only one course of action left – do what’s right for his sister...”
My goal was to write a book that would be uncompromising and riotously entertaining. Influences include:
• WRITERS – Iain Banks, Irvine Welsh, Jonathan Franzen, Roddy Doyle, Charles Bukowski
• MOVIES – In Bruges, Trainspotting, Stand By Me
• TV – Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men