I am 39 years old and originally come from Lanarkshire. I now live in South Gloucestershire with my wife, son and daughter. We share our space with several amphibians. After much negotiation they took the pond and we got the house. I write because otherwise I struggle to think. My main focus is fiction, short and long. The word-cake I gravitate to is young adult fiction, with some fantasy fruit and nuts added into the bake. I also enjoy writing short fiction for adults. I have a blog for my flash fiction, clipflow.wordpress.com, and another for mindfulness and stuff, betweentheweave.wordpress.com.
Don Rintoul in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1984 Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
What do you love about Short Stories?Pocket sized epics. A flexible format that allows experimentation and is sympathetic to a sustained, intensive vibe. I wish I knew what that meant.
Do you write in other forms?I sometime write as a six-limbed duck-ape but shape changing tires me.
What distracts you from writing?Reading, employment.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Family, nature, yoga, rambling, swimming
What is your favourite book?The Woodlanders (Thomas Hardy)
Who are your favourite writers?Thomas Hardy, Phillip K Dick and Chris Priestley
Where is your dream location?My bedroom, although I sometimes dream on public transport as well
What one item would you put into Room 101?Arrogance and overcooked pasta (technically one item if you squeeze them together)
Do you have any advice for new writers?Don't spend too much time reading the rules
ebooks by Don Rintoul:
Sadie and the Lost Treasure
Sadie is on holiday on the Island of Oriskay with her grandparents. She desperately wants adventure. When she meets a boy called Dorset, together they stumble upon a secret message in an ancient burial chamber. Then, adventure comes Sadie's way. The burial chamber leads to runes and the runes lead to bad guys and the bad guys lead to...well, you can read it to find out if you like. Sadie and the Lost Treasure was inspired by the landscape and heritage of the Orkney Isles, off the north coast of Scotland. The story is intended for readers aged 9-12 but readers older than that may like it too.
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