A family abroad

About the author September 16, 2010

Update: September 30th, 2011 – The book is currently in search of a publisher. More about The Curse of Malenfer Manor can be found at iainmcchesney.wordpress.com
The author, born and raised (for the most part) in Scotland, has lived the last twenty years of his life in tranquil and temperate Vancouver, Canada.  In July 2010 he moved with his wife and two children to live on the island of Bali, Indonesia for one year.  During this sabbatical his children will attend The Green School while he indulges in a long held desire to write fiction without anyone peeking.  The diary is intended as remedy and therapy for those in the family who consider his actions tantamount to child abuse.  Looks like you were only half right.

Key words:  Bleeding money; need a job by October 2011; what are the symptoms for Denge fever anyway?; that kind of snake isn’t nearly as poisonous as that one there; what does an orang-utan mating dance look like again and can you get him off my leg?; only another 80,000 to go and I can collect my Booker; good luck with that;  how many synonyms are there for diarrhoea?

Yes, it is great fun!

For those of you asking.  Working title is “The Incident at Manfre House”.

March 17th, 2011 update:  Word count 70,000 and change… the end is nigh.  New new title “The Ghost of Malenfer Manor” or “The Malenfer Ghost” …. vote soon!

April 24th, 2011 update: Book finished!  Lashings of ginger beer all round!   Vote in today’s posting for the title of your choice.


7 Responses to “About the author”

  1. Tracee Says:

    Ian, toughen-up; how will you survive if you ever end up in Australia?

  2. Lorna Dziuba Says:

    Iain, was wondering what happened to you, Wow Bali!!! Hi to the family, keep me posted.

    • Yvette Larder Says:

      Ever since I read your Introduction to the very bonny Robbie Burns, I knew that you were destined to be a brilliant writer. I have saved that little work of art untill this day. Further proof of your destiny was gleaned when I saw my Mother’s reaction to the piece.. (Corrrine O’Donnell – you guessed it.. a good old Irish Scotswoman). That you would uproot Ad and the boys and move to Bali was somewhat of a surprise, but nontheless not surprising. Looks like you are having an awesome time and I want to hear all about it.. Keep posting and take care. Wishing you and your beautiful family a fantastic adventure!!

      • mcchez Says:

        Hey Yvette! What’s goin’ down? I just watched season 1 of The Wire (13 episodes) in three days so I’m makin’ the drop an hearin’ y’all, yo yo, you know or something like that. ? But seriously, all good here. Nice to hear from you, hope you and the family are doing well. Catch up with a beer sometime soon(ish).

  3. Gary Schoen Says:

    Iain, First question…Who are you running from? Second question…Were you not aware that Gingers don’t do well in the tropical sun? Sounds like quite an adventure for you, Adrienne, and the kids. Enjoy.


  4. Danny Bannatyne Says:

    Hello mate,
    Good to see you had a good Chrissy and enjoying your first wet season the joys of the tropics and wild life! its a good lead in to an Australian way of life…
    I understand about the expats when in foreign lands you do get drawn towards the expats opposed to the locals as was the case with my time in Vancouver.
    Mate keep the updates coming and hopfully we can catch up along the way.

  5. Vanessa and Peter Says:

    Glad your’re all still enjoying your time in Bali but as you say you can’t live on fresh air. Pleased for your Mum and Dad that you are coming back to UK at least for a while .
    I still remember the teenage boy coming to my house with Stephen (my son) and saying ‘I’m starving have you got any dried bread? ‘ That then started the friendship between your parents and us for which I am ever grateful. Take care

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