Stenhousemuir painter turns author

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His ability to recall events from their past used to amuse Wullie Nolan’s friends, but now he has turned those memories into a book.

‘Black Bats’ is his first foray into print, but already he has finished writing a second novel and a third is in the pipeline.

The dad-of-two from Stenhousemuir uses the pseudonym Ochil Kinnaird and the book is a fictitious autobiography.

Wullie (50) said: “It’s a coming-of-age book about a young lad who, growing up, becomes involved with a motorcycle gang. A lot of the things in it actually happened but not all to one person.

“The book came about when a friend suggested that, because I could recall all the stories from our past, I should think about writing them down. It must have planted a seed because about four years ago, when I had six weeks off from my college job, I started jotting things down. Then it was a case of sitting at the computer and turning it into the book.”

He admits that he found the process fairly simple, but attempts to get it published proved more difficult.

Initial interest from an American firm fell through after several months and he eventually was put in touch with New Generation Publishing.

‘Black Bats’ is now in print and available on Amazon. Copies can also be found in Jim Allan Motorcycles in Grahams Road, Falkirk.

He added: “I’ve had some good reviews which is great.”

A painter and decorator to trade, Wullie used to work for Falkirk Council before going into the further education sector and is now construction manager at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride.

Wullie and his wife Val live in Johnston Avenue and have two sons, Gary (25) and Jamie (21).