#TenThings about author Raymond Carroll @raymie1970


Today’s #TenThings guest is Raymond Carroll. The first two parts of his four part series: ‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ are available now – more details below.


#Ten Things – Raymond Carroll

  1. I am a Scotsman (as well as being a citizen of ‘Planet Earth’). I am not a separatist, or a nationalist. I was born in Scotland, and Scotland is the place that made me. I am British because of an ambiguous ‘treaty’ that was signed in 1707, and my granny was born in Dublin so I have Irish roots.
  2. I was born in East Kilbride, Scotland in 1970.
  3. I am married to a Thai national and have two teenage, Scottish/Thai children – a boy (13), and a girl (17).
  4. I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in nearly 18 years.
  5. I love travelling and have lived and worked in many countries since I was a teen: Jersey (Channel Islands), London (UK), California, Egypt, Canada, Dublin (Ireland), Thailand and Taiwan. Even although I have spent my whole life (47 years) trying to escape Scotland’s damp and dreary shores, she always draws me back again, in a kind of ‘love / hate’ relationship. I currently reside in Scotland.
  6. Over the years, I have lived on the streets, been a thief, gone to prison, worked hard and been honest. Today, I describe myself as being an honest and hard-working family-man.
  7. I started writing when I stopped drinking 18 years ago.
  8. When I am not writing, I am a self-employed builder/joiner/handyman
  9. I enjoy hill-walking and hiking/trekking. I love the Scottish mountains. And I love Nepal. In October 2012, I completed the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal (a 17-day trek that rises to an elevation of 5416m – 17,769ft); in October 2017, I made it to Everest Base Camp (5364m – 17,598ft), before almost dying and being huckled out of the mountains by helicopter suffering from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
  10. I am anti-Westminster, and a punk rocker/hippy punk, and anti-establishment at heart. And although I believe in integration and unity (a world without borders) – I also believe, paradoxically, that we Scots blew the opportunity of a lifetime when we rejected Independence in 2014. I am not anti-English, I have loads of English pals, having lived and worked in London and Bournemouth in the 90’s.

                       Only Raising Dust On The Road: Part 1 Buckfast, Lager & Fags by [Carroll, Raymond]  Only Raising Dust On The Road: Part 2 Same-same but Different by [Carroll, Raymond]

Parts 1 and 2 the four part series: ‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ are available to buy now – Buckfast, Lager and Fags  , Same Same But Different

If you would like to know more about Raymond’s writing, then his books can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raymond-Carroll/e/B01N7IT88F/

His travel blog: http://thai-nomad.com

His writing website: http://raymondcarrollwriter.com

His facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scottishauthor/

His twitter account: https://twitter.com/ramie1970


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