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 (known to create his own music too -- including an upcoming soundtrack to his novel), 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 is planning a non-fiction book entitled ‘Jailbreak Your Mind’ as well as a new series of fantasy books called 'The Dreamlight Fugitives'.
His debut novel ELADRIA was published in 2013, with its follow-up, THE KEY OF ALANAR published in September 2015.
A lot of art is created to express or elicit certain emotions or thoughts. Whether I’m writing, creating visual art or music, my main intent is to explore and express the deeper, subtler aspects of reality. I try to point to the inherent beauty within and beyond all visible forms of life. I rarely just depict the outer form as perceived by the eyes, but try to express the energy behind it, the life force that animates and sustains it.
There is so much more to life than we can see with our eyes or perceive with our senses. I believe that everything is alive, interconnected and infused with a subtle life energy, without which nothing would have cohesion or life. My affinity with Eastern philosophy, such as the Tao Te Ching, Buddhism and nondualism has inspired and informed my work, as well as my approach to life.
A lot of the time we plod through life with our eyes closed, lost in a tangled web of thoughts and living life as little more than a conditioned reflex. It’s a lofty goal, but the intent of my work is to gently nudge people out of this state, encouraging them to see life with a new set of eyes and a fresh perspective.
We live in a society of excess, yet one of the few things we lack in excess, or in any great measure, is inspiration. I feel that art should redress that imbalance. Of course, art is created for many different reasons, all of which are valid in their own way. But personally I feel that if art isn’t inspiring then it is, by its own definition, uninspiring.
I like to express the beauty of life. No matter how much we plaster the planet in cement and cover it in neon lights, beneath the surface, beyond all the conflict and suffering we inflict on ourselves and others, life is a thing of beauty. And so too are we, because we are not separate from life. We are life...living itself, exploring, expressing and coming to know itself.
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