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
- 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.
- I was born in East Kilbride, Scotland in 1970.
- I am married to a Thai national and have two teenage, Scottish/Thai children – a boy (13), and a girl (17).
- I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in nearly 18 years.
- 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.
- 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.
- I started writing when I stopped drinking 18 years ago.
- When I am not writing, I am a self-employed builder/joiner/handyman
- 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).
- 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.
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