2023 has been a mixed year for myself. An abscess on my bowel that, despite scans, MTs and a coloscopy, was not recognised by the various doctors I visited, finally burst on April 2nd. An emergency operation culminated in heart failure. The doctors ignored my patient’s testament and when electric shocks did not help, gave me a huge amount of adrenalin to keep me alive, albeit it with the help of machines. Convinced that when the machines were turned off, I would not survive, my family were summoned to say their final farewells to me. Little did the doctors know that it needed a lot more than just this to keep me quiet, and as soon as I was removed from the machines, I started chatting!
A long, slow recovery followed with therapy four times weekly and much loving care from my family. Then I could happily start writing again.
Before all this happened, my second full length novel “The Scots of Dalriada”, was released on January 26th 2023.