A Lundin Links man has self-published his debut novel after a lifelong career in social work.
Alex Nicholson, who grew up in Leven and attended Mountfleurie Primary School and Kirkland High School, saw his novel ‘Buist’ published on Amazon Kindle on January 18 and has already received glowing reader reviews for it’s “great characters” and “thrilling climax”.
‘Buist’ focuses on Gordon Pirie, who wants to escape after the murder of his partner. His journey takes him to Crete, and a particular scene on the Greek island is very familiar to Alex (63).
“I was there with a few friends when I was younger and we were chased by the villagers through the town. Obviously events in the book are a bit exaggerated but some things are based on real life.”
After starting out in warmer climates, the book heads to Fife and many of the events involving baddie Freddie Buist – “I wanted to pick a catchy title that people who aren’t Scottish might like” – take place right here in Levenmouth.
After growing up in the area, Alex moved to Derbyshire aged around 30, and enjoyed a long career as a social worker, in many fields including criminal justice, mental health, and young offenders.
“I spent a lot of time interviewing offenders and my career has definitely influenced my writing,” said Alex, who now lives in Lundin Links with his wife Sue, a psychiatric nurse.
Alex said he has always written song lyrics throughout his life, and had dabbled in some prose writing before starting to write short stories a few years ago. Ahead of his retirement in August last year, he began to write Buist, and the whole process took him around eight months. “It definitely gave me something to focus on in my retirement - I wasn’t bored anyway!” he said. Now that the first book is available to download on Amazon Kindle , Alex has already started on his second novel. Another crime thriller, this one is based in Edinburgh and Fife and tackles issues that are still relevant today. Alex is also hoping to get some of his short stories published too by starting a blog. “My friend helped me to self-publish Buist - it’s quite easy if you’re a ‘techy’ - but hopefully a publisher or someone might see it and will be interested in my stuff,” said Alex.