I have written a few books under the pen name, Sam Wilding. With Windscape, I was inspired by a news article about some protestors in Thurso setting fire to a fake turbine on a beach.
I set my story on the Isle of Harris and extended the above episode into a full-blown adventure where children and adults can read about the pros and cons of wind farms in Scotland.
Windscape was nominated for the Best Grampian Children's Book of 2011.
Windscape is an eco thriller for children that explores the dilemma between the usefulness of wind farms and the beautiful scenery they can sometimes threaten. Jenny MacLeod's mother has died and her father is about to lose their farm after mounting debts. The only way for her and her father to keep their home, set on the beautiful Hushwish Bay, is to sign up to a wind turbine project. When protestors invade their beach and her father has a heart attack, the well-to-do Murdochs take Jenny under their wing. She soon finds out, however, that Mr Murdoch has been keeping letters back from her and her father. Letters that could have saved their home without the need to build the wind farms there in the first place. Will Jenny have time to save everything she loves?
I often visit schools with this book to discuss writing and the topic of wind farms.
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Windscape and its follow up - Seascape are both available on kindle.