Kin­tyre fish farmer lands three book deal

Fish Farmer - - News -

A FISH farm man­ager turned writer hopes to hook young read­ers with alien tales, re­ports Mark Davey of the Camp­bel­town Courier.

An­drew Robert­son, 52, pub­lished his first book, The Di­jim­flip­pers, part of a planned se­ries, at the end of Septem­ber in Amer­ica, with the UK ver­sion ap­pear­ing on the shelves in Oc­to­ber.

The ti­tle is based on a work col­league’s say­ing.

‘When­ever he was look­ing for a span­ner, nut or bolt he would say: ‘Where’s my Di­jim­flip­per?’ said the Tayin­loan based self­taught au­thor.

Robert­son’s fa­ther owned a 40ft prawn boat, and for about 20 years, un­til he was struck down by fi­bromyal­gia aged 37, he worked at sea. He then moved to fish farm­ing, work­ing with sal­mon smolts, and he has been the man­ager at the fresh­wa­ter site at Loch Garas­dale (op­er­ated by Cooke Aqua­cul­ture), near Clachan, for 11 years.

At first he wrote be­cause he was bored. His wife was work­ing away in In­ver­ness and his son had grown up.

‘I wrote two books at first but kept quiet about them for at least a year un­til I was en­cour­aged to try to find a pub­lisher,’ said Robert­son. ‘I write what I think I would have like to read as a child.

‘I get up at about 4am to write, the lap­top has made it so easy, I get lost in the story and sud­denly three hours has passed and I have to go to my work.’

Above: An­drew Robert­son

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