Alan Sutherland's bio
About Me Alan Sutherland aka the author Alastair McCloud
Alastair McCloud was born to my fertile imagination in 2010 and began life as a pseudonym for an elderly gentleman who is down on his luck. The highlight of his working life was to have become a Deputy Mayor’s Officer. This title made him chuckle many times, especially when he looked back to his almost non-existent school life, as illness and hospitalisation had played a large part in his childhood, partly due to a volatile mother who could not cope with an ill child and described him as the child of the Devil.
The lack of a decent education and being dyslexic hindered his career potential, so he had to take menial work. Having passed his driving test a whole new horizon opened up, and along with his plummy accent, he began to bluff his way into better-paid work, one of which was caretaker at a tower block of tenements. He then took the local Council post of Superintendent Caretaker where he was noticed and was subsequently offered the post of Deputy Mayor’s Officer. However, life wasn’t easy for him as he soon found that his accent and the ability to talk to his equals and peers alike brought about dissension which sullied his promotion prospects and he was passed over when the position of Mayor’s Officer came up.
He was headhunted by a London based firm who required a man of his talents and became a Man’s man, which was another highlight in his career. This came with better pay and conditions but was to last only 8 years as the president of the company gave him the week off whilst he took his highfliers to Paris where unfortunately he was killed in a fatal road accident.
Being unemployed was not in his character and three days later was once again employed as Deputy Mayor’s Officer by the same local government department he had left 8 years previously. Unfortunately, 3 years later he was taken ill with COPD and 12 months later was medically retired due to his continuing ill health.
A snapshot of the two years following his medical retirement can be read in a pleasant EBook, ‘A Journey to a New Life Style’ again written by his pseudonym, Alastair McCloud.
With good revues I dug out my pseudonym and wrote, A Reluctant Villain, the story rolled on and ended up as a trilogy which also went down well with my readers.
Once again Alastair McCloud stirred from my memories and Loves Little Whispers was born, which was based on my childhood and is about a baby born to a mother who didn’t want him, and where a street full of women so strong in their religious beliefs took umbrage at a married woman who became pregnant by her neighbour's husband that they stoned her on the way to the market, after which the police intervened. She gave birth to the baby 3 months later in the child's father's mother's third-floor apartment. However, life was difficult for her as the women of the street spat at her if she dared venture out, and her keeper, the child's father's mother was a devoutly religious woman who lived her life in the fire and brimstone style.
Her child at 20 months old was pushed out of the 3rd-floor window by his young cousin and spent the following 2 months in a hospital. On the child’s release from the hospital, his mother and her lover left the city for life in the country where nobody knew them. However, she took her baby blues to a whole new level, and her child became her tormentor, or as she called him, her child from hell, who at the least provocation she would beat unmercifully.
Local boys did not like the child, and it wasn’t long before they attacked him being the slightly slow outsider child which sentenced him to a childhood spent mostly in hospital. A story of a war baby, After I took medical retirement I joined the Camping and Caravanning club and became a warden when my lungs began to give out I had to retire permanently, that is when I took up writing and living aboard a caravan then a motor home for 15 years
My next book is a sequel to ‘A journey to a new lifestyle,’ and aptly named, ‘A Journey to a New Lifestyle, Sandringham and beyond.’ This E-book is a good read and contains Winter Tips for Caravanners/Motor Homers, and three chapters of recipes to cook whilst on holiday in your caravan/motor-home. My latest book is a Sci-fi ‘Veils of time’ I enjoyed writing this book and plan a follow-on sometime next year, at the moment I am writing a caravan cookbook with easy recipes with few ingredients.
Every day I push myself to new goals Poland syndrome has many side effects the main one being Dyslexia, second arthritis and depression can soon set in when the mind is idle,
I hope you will have a look on Kindle and look at my novels you can get a sample of each of my books for free coincidentally they are also in paperback I am sure you will enjoy my scribbles, and when you have read the books please review them, good or bad.
Alan Sutherland, aka Alastair McCloud