Local author Mark Anderson Smith met with Gillian Hunt, Customer Services Librarian, today 17 May 2017 to donate a copy of his debut novel The Great Scottish Land Grab to Cumbernauld Library.
“Libraries were a constant source of wonder to me as a child,” Mark said. “I read everything I could while growing up.”
At age Eight, Mark decided he wanted to be a writer, to be the one creating the stories and worlds he was reading about. “I always hoped that one day it would be my books in the library and today I’m making that a reality.”
His first novel has become an Alternative History for Scotland as it imagined the country rallying together in 2014 to reverse the Highland Clearances and redistribute the land.
“The original idea for the story was all about rebuilding society. Imagining what you could do if nothing was impossible,” Mark said. “With the ReimagiNation festival occurring in Cumbernauld, we’re looking back to the Fifties and Sixties when they had a similar optimism. I hope The Great Scottish Land Grab will inspire people to believe they can change the future.”
Mark’s second novel Fallen Warriors was released as an eBook on 31 March 2017.