I was born and raised in Scotland and started playing and reading music from the age of eight simply because my father was a musician, a self-taught clarinet and saxophone player. By the time I was twelve I was singing more than playing my guitar, no I did not go the route of the wind instruments. My forte was definitely singing it just came so naturally, besides, I couldn’t play lead guitar to save my life. I learned all the chords and inversions on my guitar and started to sing with bands and then as a solo singer.
I went to engineering college and started an apprenticeship with a mining engineering company. The company had a branch in South Africa, east of Johannesburg and they wanted experienced people to go out there to fix some problems they were having with the hydraulics.
I applied and went on a two year plan, but I fell in love with Africa and stayed there for more than half of my life.
I always had a story or a novel in my head and at one point started to write it down but my recording career took off and I became a recording, TV and radio artist in South Africa, so the book had to take a back seat. I have made half a dozen albums including a Christmas album.
I have composed a lot of my own work, which is on vinyl and CD. I played at many venues and resorts including Sun City, which had multiple venues where I shared the billboard but not the same stage as artists like Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Cher, Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Osmonds to name a few and I met them all bar Frank.
I am a musician, composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, entertainer and now an author, I now live in Scotland.
I have realised my ambition and dream of writing a book, not only one but three books. My debut novel as well as books two and three of the trilogy, Deceit of the Empire
Deceit of the Empire
by KD Neill
TO SKIN A LEOPARD, Book one, PROPHETS OF DEATH, book two and WEEP THE RIGHTEOUS WARRIOR, book three in the trilogy, DECEIT OF THE EMPIRE, set in 19th Century South Africa. These are books of fiction based on actual events over decades involving the barbaric ethnic cleansing of the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape, perpetrated by the British Army, the army of the British Empire, an army controlled and commanded by an extreme, dark society called the ELOS (the EnLightened OneS), which has infiltrated the governments in London and in Cape Town.
The series tells the story of Jamie Fyvie and Iain McColl, recruited by the Secret Field Police, to seek out and destroy the ELOS; of the initial colonisation by the British Empire in the Cape Colony. It tells about love, commitment and family; it tells of the sexual desires of the rich bored elite played out at decadent secret swop parties, of a fortune in relics and treasure buried by the Knights Templar, which must not fall to the hands of the ELOS; it tells of death and destruction, deceit and subterfuge from Liverpool to Cape Town, to Freetown and the killing fields of the Eastern Cape frontier.
Weep the Righteous Warrior
by KD Neill
The Xhosa have suffered under the oppression of the British Empire. The sons of the old chiefs call for war. Jamie Fyvie, Iain McColl, their wives and children come under attack so they take the fight to the enemy. The ELOS have returned, they want the diamond mines and revenge. They control the British Army. They’re back to cause chaos giving the army the excuse to inflict death and destruction.
Prophets of Death
by KD Neill
The Xhosa clans are betrayed. The Royal Navy is strangely absent. Will the chiefs believe the false prophets and order the killing? Jamie Fyvie and Iain McColl find a clue that could lead to gold buried by the Knights Templar. A sordid party lets the elite act out their fantasies. Can Jamie and Iain protect their loved ones and stay ahead of the ELOS assassins and stop the architects of genocide?
To Skin a Leopard
by KD Neill
Jamie Fyvie and Iain McColl set sail for Cape Town to wage war on the ELOS a dark force in control of the armed forces
They must crush a plot to wipe out the Xhosa clans.
The voyage sees them battle with mutineers to save their own lives and two young ladies.
An ELOS executioner pursues Jamie and Iain for clues to a treasure buried by the Knights Templar.
The Xhosa fight a bloody war to be free.