Rory was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1979. Since then he has lived most of his life in the north-east of Scotland -- a place he finds scenic and inspiring, if a tad cold.

With a lifelong passion for creative writing and art, Rory knew from a young age that he had stories he wanted to tell and adventures to share. As he grew up and became interested in philosophy and metaphysics, he came to realize the


potential of literature and art as a means of sharing ideas, posing questions and exploring the nature of reality in a way that is accessible yet compelling and challenging.

Rory conceived his series of fantasy novels, The Alanar Ascendant, when he was still in high school, developing a vast and expansive mythology that offers the potential for dozens of stories. Little direct progress was made on the books themselves during this period, as he focused on his education; studying fine art, then graduating with a degree in social science. A long period of ill health brought him back to his true passion as a creative storyteller, leading him to explore the potential of fiction and art to elevate mood and consciousness.

Rory has now completed the first two novels of The Alanar Ascendant series. Action-packed, emotionally charged and cinematic in scope, the books are essentially stories about life: explorations of life, death, reality, purpose and identity.

A natural born philosopher and a student of Vedanta, Zen and Taoism, Rory is an animal and nature lover, music junkie, social and environmental activist, cake enthusiast and generally rather-chilled-out-guy. He sells his work online and writes blogs on creativity, philosophy, spirituality and whatever else inspires him. He has written his own commentary on the classic Chinese text, the Tao Te Ching and created and runs the wellbeing/spirituality website UNBROKENSELF.COM.

His first novel ELADRIA was published in 2013, with its follow-up, THE KEY OF ALANAR published in September 2015. A new, completely rewritten edition is launched May 2017.

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