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Ken McClure was born and brought up in Edinburgh where he enjoyed a childhood playing happily on the banks of the Union Canal during the fifties. He went to Craiglockhart Primary School where one of his teachers was Norman MacCaig, a man who was to become a Scottish literary giant in later years and whom Ken says introduced him to sarcasm! He then went on to Boroughmuir High School where, through another quirk of fate, his English teacher was yet another of Scotland's great literary figures, Sorley Maclean, a gentle man whom he remembers with great fondness.

During his time with the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, Ken undertook research internationally and as a result found himself alone in alien situations. One particularly adventure strewn trip to - Tel Aviv University -found him scribbling notes into the wee, small hours. He had caught the bug, and upon his return to the UK, he worked the notes up into what became The Scorpion's Advance. There are now over a dozen McClure thrillers either on sale or in the pipeline. Each, in turn, has become an International bestseller and his works have been translated into over 20 languages.

Interview with Ken McClure

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – flawed but who ultimately does the right thing.

What book were you forced to read at school that no child should have to study?

Homer’s Iliad

How do you feel about taking no for an answer?

I’m so used to it it’s not a problem.

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

Any self-help manual.

Which deceased author would you most like to meet for a drink?

Charles Dickens. He understood so much about human nature I keep wondering if he ended up as a complete cynic.

Is writing your main profession?

It is now but I was a research scientist with the Medical Research Council (UK) for many years working on the genetics of cell division.

If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

Stephen King’s On Writing. Once they’d read that it would help them so much in assessing anything they read in future. Absolutely brilliant.

Do you base characters on real people you have known?

Of course not ... (God forgive me)

How much of your writing is based on things you see in real life?

A very great deal. I tend to use a factual basis for my stories i.e. I graft fiction on to fact so observing what’s going on, particularly in science and medicine, is very important.

Tell us one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want us to know.

No, I don’t want you to know it.

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