THE main plot for Moira McPartlin’s new book came in a dream – and was developed with some help from the Killearn-based writer’s social conscience into her latest book, Ways of the Doomed.
Set in Scotland in 2089, the book is speculative fiction (as opposed to science fiction) and follows the plight of a young boy in a society divided into two regimes – the natives and the privileged.
“The idea came from a dream,” explains Moira. “it was all a bit weird, so I had to create a world around it and brought in two current issues that bother me quiet a lot – the rise of hate organisations and climate change.
“It’s taken three years to complete the book – about two years for the main writing and another year to polish it up ready for publication.”
Although Ways of the Doomed is Moira’s second book, it’s the first title she’s published with Glasgow-based publisher Saraband, Saltire Society publisher of the year (2013).
“My first book, The Incomers, was published by Fledgling which is based in Edinburgh,” says Moira. “But they weren’t that interested in the new book and I was happy to try working with someone new.
“I got to know the publisher (Saraband) though a literary networking group in Glasgow that I’m part of, and they expressed interest in my idea for Ways of the Doomed. They’ve lots of new ideas and the book is aimed at young adults so there was a lot of good editorial support.”
Born in the borders, brought up in Fife and moving to Killearn nine years ago via Glasgow, Moira gave up her finance and procurement job with Shell in 2005 to concentrate on writing. As well as Ways of the Doomed and The Incomers, she’s had lots of short stories and poetry published.
In addition to writing, Moira does some charity work for Scottish Pen working on a committee for writers in exile, helping refugees and asylum seekers and producing a twice yearly magazine.
• Ways of the Doomed was launched last night (16 June) at Waterstones, Glasgow. Further launches take place this week at Stirling and Edinburgh with a London event on 15 July at Barbican Library. The book is available at Waterstones’ stores, online and Amazon (both hard copy and Kindle editions). For more info see Moira’s website here.