David Hutchison


David is an Arts graduate and worked as a professional photographer throughout the UK. With his extensive background in photography, David has taught at tertiary level and lectured as a Visiting Professional.

Growing up in Edinburgh, David became fascinated by the rich history of Scotland’s capital, and especially with some of its leading characters. As a “Gentleman by day, thief by night”, Deacon William Brodie – the lead in David’s first novel, Deacon Brodie: A Double Life – was one such character.

David began writing short pieces for magazines and was first published in the 1980s. At present he is writing All Flesh Is Grass (the sequel to his second novel, Lest You Be Judged) with Detective Chief Inspector Mike Steel in the lead. Currently, he lives in the American Mid-West.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind Deacon Brodie: A Double Life?
It’s a fact-based reimagining of Deacon William Brodie’s last year in Edinburgh and set in 1788. In real life, Brodie was a very respectable Gentleman – a City Councillor, Deacon (that is, head) of his Craft Guild, and a leading figure in Edinburgh. Yet, despite this stature, he relished living a dual life which was unseen by the city. His love for the thrills of gambling led him into the riskier thrill of crime, and he was eventually hanged for a robbery on the Excise Office.
If your novel is set in Edinburgh and you live in America, did that cause any problems?
No. I’m from Edinburgh, so its grandeur, conceits and faults are etched in me. Edinburgh does have a rather dual nature (historically, from its Old Town and New Town) and Deacon Brodie is the epitome of that duality. Stevenson knew Deacon Brodie well and eventually, after a false start with a play, he wrote Jekyll and Hyde. You can’t have grown up there without the city, with all its positives and negatives, having imprinted itself on you. Even living thousands of miles away from what, I think, is the most beautiful city on Earth, I can see it very clearly – writing of it was, in one sense, a reconnection.
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Deacon Brodie: A Double Life
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 123,280. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
When respected Edinburgh Gentleman and City Councillor, Deacon William Brodie, chases his love of gambling, he is drawn deep into a double life. Before long the open respectability of day gives way to a hidden life of crime at night, and soon, Brodie is on a trajectory to disaster . . . one which leads him to the gibbet.

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