D A Adamson is an advertising copywriter who has written for press, radio and TV. He is a native Yorkshire man with a keen sense of irony and a love of the absurd. During his life, he has worked in the US and Scandinavia. He is a keen countryman and is married with three grown-up children.
He first started writing short stories at junior school which were read to his class. The only subjects he excelled in were English Language and English Literature. His life has evolved around the written word through a lifetime as an advertising copywriter. He completed and self-published his first novel The Windelton Absurdities in 2014 and the sequel Windelton and the Bavarian Incident in 2016 plus two short ghost stories for children 7-11 years old. D A Adamson is also Chair of Trustees of the charity, Settle Stories (www.settlestories.org.uk).
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (from a book, movie, song, speech…)
A: ‘A closed mouth gathers no foot’ – an amusing, adapted Zen saying, full of truth
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: Lake Lugano, Italy. So I could sit in the sun under an awning on the terrace of my favourite, small, privately owned hotel and admire the green waters of the lake, while sipping a delicious glass of chilled Prosecco.
Chapter 1 The Duchy of Lancaster’s housing estate in Harrogate is described euphemistically by local estate agents as ‘The favoured Duchy Estate’. It was built towards the end of the Victorian era for the successful merchants of Harrogate’s booming spa town, and consists of large stone and redbrick properties, many sporting mock Tudor gables. The …
The snow started on Friday around four o’clock. Small flakes at first, fluttering half-heartedly in a light breeze. Eventually, it began to lie and in the tapering light the sky became grey and threatening. A silent darkness followed and I could no longer see Braithwaite crag on the moor top. By five-thirty the wind had …
Gannet: Sula bassana. Very large seabird, cigar shaped with a six-foot wingspan. Narrow, black-tipped wings and a white body with ochre head. A superb, graceful flyer, prefers open sea except when breeding. Dives from a great height to catch fish. ‘When tha’ going to get ‘itched then Tommy?’ one of his lippy mates asked …