Interviewing Raymond Moore and An Introduction of His Book “Skye Stories: Volume 2 The Road to Uig”
Interviewing Raymond Moore
Today, we have the pleasure to interview Raymond Moore, author of “Skye Stories: Volume 2 The Road to Uig.” Raymond is a Registered Nurse, living and working in Saudi Arabia with his wife and three children. He also has a house and farm in Thailand. As well as being a writer, Raymond has been a record label owner, band manager, and singer with a band. Born and brought up in Glasgow, he left his parents and moved to the Isle of Skye as a youngster, and his life changed forever.
Raymond is the author of the Skye Stories Trilogy available on Redshank Books and has self-published Poetry? Probably a collection of poems from Glasgow and Edinburgh. He is currently finishing his first novel Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Nursing set in 1980s Edinburgh. For release in 2022.
Below is our interview, and let us get to know more about him.
What is this book about?
“Skye Stories: Volume 2 The Road to Uig” is the second book in the Skye Stories Trilogy documenting my life when I left my family home in Glasgow, Scotland, and went to live with my Great Aunt and Great Grandmother in the remote township of Linicro on the Isle of Skye when I was a young teen in the late 1970s. Volume 2 sees me leave Linicro and continue my adventures in the village of Uig. Told in wee stories and poems. The mischief I got up to. The girls I fancied and the music I loved. Although both Skye Stories Volume 1 and 2 are about Skye and my love for the island, the account of my experiences and emotions will strike a chord with people who have never been near there. Skye changed my life forever and for the better. You could say the Isle of Skye saved my life.
What motivated you to write this book?
Last year I was in quarantine post-COVID 19 infections. This gave me the motivation (and time) to gather my stories, photos and poems for Volume 1, which then led to Volume 2 and 3.
Where did you get your information or ideas for your books?
My life has not been what you could call ordinary. Moving from the big city to a remote island when I was 13 was a big change in my life, and it had a very positive impact which I still feel to this day.
What is your favorite part of the book? Why?
I deliberately wrote the book in easy-to-read bite-sized portions so that it could be put down and easily picked up again. I have kept it light and funny (hopefully), and although it’s about a teen growing up in Scotland my life experiences are universal, and I hope that it will resonate with folk all across the globe.
How long did it take to write this book?
All in all the writing and editing of the trilogy took about a year. Skye Stories Volume 1: The Linicro Years was published in January and Volume 2 was published in July. Volume 3: Not the Skye Years is now at the proof reading stage and will be published in October.
How did your book get published? Why did you choose to publish your book in this way?
Originally I planned to self-publish on KDP but when I completed the manuscript I sent it out to a few folk and Steve Lane from Libri Publishing thought it would be a good fit for their Redshank imprint. Working with him as my editor has been a pleasurable experience and I have learned a lot from the process. Luckily he has a good sense of humour for an Englishman!!!
Is there anything you would like to add in the interview?
I have just completed my first novel entitled Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Nursing. Set in Edinburgh in the 1980s. If all goes well it should see the light of day next year. I’m currently working on a teen ghost story set on Skye called Castledawn.
Follow Raymond Moore on website/blog and social media
Facebook page: Skye Stories @LinicroLove