With The GreatDrams of Scotland, my inaugural book, having finally been released, I have collated a bunch of answers that I have been asked about the journey to getting published, the pride of having written something that hopefully thousands of whisky lovers and learners the world over will enjoy and what’s next. I felt it only fitting that as well as these answers being published into magazines, newspapers and websites all over the place, that you, my faithful and loyal GreatDrams readers should get to read a bit more about the journey too.
How long have you been interested in whisky?
What is it about Scotch in particular that appeals to you?
Are you a fan of whisky books?
How did you want your book to differ from others?
Can you remember where you were /what you were doing at the moment you decided you wanted to write a book?
Are people as important as the liquid when it comes to whisky?
Is the published book the same as you originally to set out to write, or did you change your mind along the way?
Would you ever want to make whisky yourself?
How did you choose which brands to feature?
How long from start to finish did it take to write and publish the book?
What feedback did you receive from other whisky professionals and influencers while writing the book?
How would you describe the written style of the book?
Are visuals a crucial aspect for your readers?
What was your travel schedule like?
How challenging is it to write a book?
What is the most fun part of writing a book?
Are all the whiskies in your book on your blog?
Nope, and that’s the beauty of it, it is a hybrid; many of the brands are covered on the site, but quite a few are ones I’ve not had the chance to spend time with before so this gave me the chance to get intimate with them in a different context.
Why did you want to go offline to write a book when your blog is such a successful award-winner?
To appeal to a different audience, to also be able to say ‘I did that’, and also to have created something physical from scratch, a real product, something I’ve wanted to do for years. Articles, PDFs and digital files only give you so much satisfaction after a while…
What is your next project going to look like and will there be another whisky book?
Yep! About 65% of the next book is written… and various other things I cannot talk about, but all very exciting (but I would say that, I try not to work on boring things). Oh and I have a limited edition whisky out too: