Andrew found success initially as a nonfiction author, writing biographies of the leader of the first Jacobite Rising, John Graham of Claverhouse 'Bonnie Dundee' and of Scotland's notorious avant-garde writer Alexander Trocchi among his ten nonfiction titles. Both these have been reprinted, the Trocchi biography, described as "Excellent" by Colin Wilson in the Literary Review, sells across the world, particularly in the US.
His big break came in 1999 when he won a £6000 book prize that led to the publication of his first novel, Tumulus. This was well-reviewed and led to more novels: Estuary Blue (2001), The Mushroom Club (2007) and The Big J (2008).
He also writes Scottish conspiracy thriller novels under the pen name of Andrew Scott. The first of these, Deadly Secrecy appeared in paperback and as an e-book, in February 2019.
As a Scottish writer, many of Andrew's books reflect the culture and political experience of people in Scotland. Andrew believes that now is the best time to be a Scottish writer - with exciting developments in the wind.
Andrew's main interest is fiction and he is living testimony that persistence pays off. "You have to work hard at it but mainly you need to analyse the story you want to tell - what exactly is the story? - and then find the best, most concise way to tell it, in a style that complements the nature of the subject matter.
"I've always written because I have to, it's a lifelong compulsion for me and of course hugely enjoyable when it comes out right. I hope it's true that writers get better with age as I have lots of ideas for novels I want to write."
Andrew developed a parallel career as a journalist, media lecturer and creative writing tutor and recently completed a nine-year stint as full-time press officer for three Scottish politicians.