‘Mary’s the Name’: On Location

In May 2015, I visited Portree on the Isle of Skye, to gather information and details for a book I had just started writing. As you may have guessed, this book turned out to be ‘Mary’s the Name’, and this trip was vital to making Portree come alive in the novel. Here are some pictures I took on my trip, with where they fit into the story. No spoilers, exactly, but maybe best to read this after you’ve finished…

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Not the most exciting photo, but this is the only one I have which (just about) features the Portee Independent Hostel. The big yellow building.

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The bright harbour houses on Quay Street. Mary’s a fan of this street, one building in particular…

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View of Quay Street from further away. The stony beach is where Mary meets a wee four-legged character for the first time.

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The view from Iain’s house, or where I imagined Iain’s house to be. Not bad, eh?

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Mary’s favourite, close up.

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The little waterfall Mary and Grace visit. A foreign object ends up in the stream not long after that…

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Sea Eagles Boat Trip sign. Wonder if Andy’s on duty today.

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A shot I managed of a pair of sea eagles. Doesn’t do them justice!

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The steps to an important landmark of the book…

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The Apothecary Tower! Mary and Grace spend many a happy day here.

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People like to leave their mark in its walls. Spot the word ‘MAZ’? Mary can always use this Maz person as her cover in case she’s caught.

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Another piece of graffiti which made its way into the book!

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View from the top of the Tower.

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Could get a good game of ‘Performance’ on that platform, I reckon.

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Legend says there’s a hanged man under there. Note the photographer intentionally having his thumb in the photo to add to the eeriness…

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The other side of the Lump. A surprising character pops up here at one point.

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The Portree Gathering Hall. I hear there’s a fancy ball here. Tickets are hard to come by, though.

I hope readers of ‘Mary’s the Name’ enjoy seeing these, and maybe fancy taking a wee trip to Portree themselves!

Bonus pic: this is a snap Michelle Rhodes of Skye History and Heritage Day Tours took of me on her tour, the same day most of these other pics were taken.

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Blog Tour: Mary’s The Name #review #QandA #marysthename

Delighted with today’s Mary’s the Name blog tour stop! Thanks so much for your review Raven! 🙂

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I’m very excited to be a part of the tour for this wonderful book, as well as my review I also have Ross here answering some questions about the book and his experience of being published. Before we get to that here is what the book is about.


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An eight-year-old girl and her Granpa are on the run…

“When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn’t have guns like that in Scotland. That must’ve been why the robbers used hammers.”

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him–and their money.

Mary’s quirky outlook on life, loss, and her love of all things Elvis, will capture…

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Mary’s The Name -Ross Sayers

chapterinmylife: Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger

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I happened across an ad for this book while scrolling through Twitter one night and the blurb immediately enticed me. Something about it just drew me right in, perhaps it was the reference to #WittyScotsBanter that grabbed me or the bond between Mary and her granpa but I knew that I had to read it! So a huge thank you to Ross Sayers and Cranachan Books (what a superb Scottish name for a publisher!) for the ARC, which I volunteered to read and to provide my honest review.

Ross has also kindly written a short guest post about the character of Mary:

Guest Post – Ross Sayers

Do you ever find yourself having a really childish thought, or not knowing a basic fact and having to Google it to avoid embarrassment? Well, I do. Fortunately, I was able to take all these silly thoughts and put them into a character.

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Writing with Humour, a Guest Post by Ross Sayers, author of Mary’s The Name

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome Ross Sayers, author of Mary’s The Name to Linda’s Book BagMary’s The Name is published by Cranachan today, 30th January 2017, and is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.

Not only am I reviewing Mary’s The Name, but I am really pleased to have a guest post from Ross about writing with humour too.

Mary’s The Name

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An eight-year-old girl and her granpa are on the run…

“When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn’t have guns like that in Scotland. That must’ve been why the robbers used hammers.”

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the…

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#BookReview: Mary’s The Name by Ross Sayers (@Sayers33) @cranachanbooks

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Published: 30 January 2017
Reviewed: 30 December 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Cranachan Publishing in return for an honest review

 

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An eight-year-old girl and her granpa are on the run…

“When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn’t have guns like that in Scotland. That must’ve been why the robbers used hammers.”

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him–and their money.

Mary’s quirky outlook on life, loss, and her love of all things Elvis, will capture your heart. Full of witty Scots banter, Mary’s the Name will have you reaching for the hankies, first with laughter, then with…

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On the Eve of Publication of Mary’s the Name

There’s only hours to go before my debut novel, Mary’s the Name, is released. I feel a great deal of pride in the book, but I also feel so lucky to be in this position. The book was mostly written during the summer of 2015, where I sat inside, out of the sun, listening to the radio and typing out my story. I had no idea if anyone would ever read it. I just had to believe: in myself, in the story, and that someday, people might get to meet Mary Sutherland. I’ll probably never be able to properly convey my gratitude to Cranachan Publishing for publishing Mary’s the Name, but for now, I’ll just say: thank you.

I also want to share some photos from the Class of 2004 Braehead Primary yearbook…

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These probably don’t need to be explained. Tomorrow, I will wake up a published author. A dream come true.

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Thank you everyone who has supported me, read the book, read bits of the book, read my blog, liked my Tweets, liked my Facebook posts, asked me for a first edition, asked me for a bookmark, asked for a swatch of my Tinder, spread the word to friends and family, spread the word to co-workers you don’t usually speak to, congratulated me, celebrated with me. Thank you. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Mary.

Alright, enough of this gooey sh…ow of emotion. Here’s my primary yearbook pic:

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That’s right, I used to rock an Adidas polo instead of the standard all-white school-sanctioned polo. Fortunately, I was able to ditch this bad boy image and look where I am now.

 

Pre-order Mary’s the Name on Amazon now!

#bookhangover with #author Ross Sayers @Sayers33 @cranachanbooks

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Woo hoo! It’s Friday! Finally!

And of course that can only mean one thing – it’s #bookhangover day!

I am delighted to welcome debut author, Ross Sayers to my blog today, lets find out all about him!

Good morning Ross, thank you for dropping by today and without further ado . . .

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Ross Sayers. I’ve been working in retail since graduating University, but happy to say I’m starting a new job in Glasgow soon. 

What gives you an actual hangover?

For me, it’s that cheap vodka you get in clubs, but you still drink it because it’s so cheap! (Because it’s probably not technically vodka, I’d wager…) Oh, and Jagermeister. You can buy me a Jagerbomb if you’d like, but I won’t touch it. [#ETLBW – I personally think 7.30 a.m. is a little early for a Jagerbomb …

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Using Tinder to Promote ‘Mary’s the Name’

(Please note: all screenshots were taken with the other person’s permission)

These days, everyone’s after new ways of advertising and promoting. More importantly, everyone’s after free ways of advertising and promoting. My publisher, Cranachan, asked me to think of as many creative ways to publicise Mary’s the Name as I could. Having used Tinder (not very successfully) before, I knew what a large amount of people could be reached with just a few swipes. So I figured, why not re-download (as everyone eventually does) but this time, I’ll make Tinder work for me!

The rules I set myself were:

  1. Always stay on message (e.g. Ah, you’re a horse doctor? You know, that reminds me of MY BOOK.)
  2. Swipe right on everyone, even girls I know in real life. This was the only fair way, I thought. Fair to say, some swipes were nerve wracking stuff..
  3. Don’t message matches too late at night. Bad enough I’m promoting my book, no need to wake people up. (Gents, use this as a rule for life in general.)

First order of business: setting up my profile.

As you can see, I was pretty upfront about my purpose. Tinder allows you to choose an ‘Anthem’, to define your music taste. I went with (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame by Elvis, naturally.

Once I matched with a girl, my opening gambit would generally be to ask something based on their profile, before adding my standard line: ‘Do you like to read? (You can probably see where I’m going with this…)’. I’d then ask if they wanted to hear the full blurb, and take it from there.

So, let’s look at some results! Sometimes, some light encouragement was required:

Will I be this girl’s only fiction read this year?? Only time will tell.

The first response of this next match was too good to be true!

She was even nice about my Tinder idea:

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If anyone’s looking for an example of classic Scottish banter, here we go:

Fair to say I won her round…I think:

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One girl insisted on being in this blog post (you’re welcome, people!):

This girl had me, very briefly, worried there was a mistake in the blurb:

I’ve saved my favourite till last. This girl broke a bit of news to me!

What are the chances, eh?

I suppose this is where I’m supposed to come to come sort of conclusion. Would I recommend using Tinder to promote a book? Why not. It’s free and you’ll probably get a laugh or two out of it.

To the girls I matched and chatted with, thank you! To the girls who saw my profile and thought ‘wow, he’s using his book to try and score Tinder matches, what a loser!’, fair enough.

One last thing. Do you like to read? (You can probably see where I’m going with this…)

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Mary’s the Name out January 30th 2017! from Cranachan Publishing. Several Tinder users can’t be wrong!

Pre-order now on Amazon