John Newlands (1947-Present)..
I was born in a Private Nursing home in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland..where I lived for five days...before being taken to my real home in Barrhead.
Where the "Private Home" bit came from..I have no idea.
My parents were ordinary working class people and I can only assume that my dad made lots of money from fighting Hitler and his band of merry men from 1939-1946.
My initial goal in life was to be a Professional Footballer..and although I was good..I wasn't good enough.
I then hoped to write about it and got a job as a copy-boy with The Scottish Daily Express...in Glasgow. That never materialised either...and the reason why, is captured in my first book...A Sprint Down Memory Lane.
I have been married to the lovely Rosie for 47 years...and she has enjoyed every minute of it, she tells me !
We have two grown up daughters, who have both been very succcessful in their chosen fields.(One is in a potato field and the other chose a field of carrots.)
Incidentally, one of the carrots died last week...and there was a big Turnip at the funeral!
Seriously..My older daughter is a qualified Yoga and Fitness Instructor...and lives in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
My younger daughter is a Singer Songwriter..who lives in Los Angeles.
I have also written "When I Had More Hair..Than Elvis"...which is the sequel to my Memory Lane book.
The books are based on my recollections of life in the 1950's; 60's;and 70's.
and in the main...are, hopefully, interesting and funny...and I appear on both book covers !!
I then tried my hand at fiction and wrote "The Brightest Star" before scribing some "Hame Made Scottish Poetry."
Finally I have just published (January 2015) "Remembering the 50's and 60's ..Before I Forget."...Which is a light-hearted..but informative..look back at these decades in history.
I'd better stop now before I turn this into a book as well.
Thanks for listening.
PS: I recently have had "damaging" reviews regarding my book "The Brightest Star" concerning "readability problems." I have now addressed these issues and I am confident that they have been resolved.I do really welcome reviews..so please give one, good or bad, when you have finished book.Thank you.