Me: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Iain: It was a spur-of-a-situation thing to be honest. I had written many essay, and other writings, for the Open University over the years for the various courses I’ve studied. So, I knew I could write. I was in Woodend hospital, Aberdeen, when I started to write my first book about my situation and hospital experiences. I wanted to write a second book to inspire disabled, and able-bodied, to achieve their dreams. I educated myself up to PhD standard so wanted to encourage everyone to attain they want in life. I became severely disabled, three years ago, when I was getting out of bed. Life is for living, and not waiting to live.

Me: How long does it take you to write a book?
Iain: The book took about 4/5 months to write. My editor/publisher (Janet Angelo of Indiego publishing) started to add her creative magic.

Me: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Iain: When I am write I tend to focus entirely on my writing.

Me: Do you intend to keep writing?
Iain: Yes, I would like to write fiction. I start my PhD with the Open University next year so will be busy studying to write. I enjoyed writing my books and the writing process, so intend to write books as well as studying for my PhD.

Me: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Iain: I have a good sense of humour and try to inject humour in my wring.

Me: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Iain: With both my books have been from personal experiences. My first book explains how I became severely disabled and my journey through four hospitals over a thirteen-month period. My second book spans over 50+ years. Telling of my determination to re-educate myself and my many adventures.

Me: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Iain: That I could actually write and publish books people would buy and enjoy reading. People have told me that they couldn’t put my books down. That made me feel so humble and proud! My second book helped to change lives as my Amazon reviews say, and these sentiments and amazing and heart-warming to read. Know my writing helped touch others is truly special and all-inspiring.

I have Cerebral Palsy and hope to inspire children and adults of any age to rise above the perceived limitations of disability and live their best life possible, and to not let their disability be a barrier to fulfilling their dreams. I have educated myself to PhD standard by earning academic degrees from the Open University. My book tells of my sheer determination to achieve my dreams and the many amusing situations I found myself in over the years. To relax I enjoy playing chess, against a human component sitting opposite, I do not play online. I also enjoy listening to music from different genres from Beethoven to Iron Maiden.

Other works by Iain M. MacLeod:

10 Seconds That Changed My Life