William Watson (writer)
|Born||30 April 1931
|Died||5 December 2005
|Pen name||J.K. Mayo|
He commenced writing novels in 1969 with Better than One and then two historical novels entitled Beltran in Exile (1979) about the Crusaders and The Knight on the Bridge (1982) about the Cathars. These two latter books are generally regarded as his best works.
Between 1970 and 1972 he wrote three plays; Footstool for God, set in Rosslyn Chapel,The Larch and Dodwell's Last Trump. He also co-wrote Sawney Bean with Robert Nye in 1970, and, with Nye, Stanley Eveling, Alan Jackson, Clarisse Eriksson, John Downing and David Mowat an adaptation of Dracula which premiered in Edinburgh in 1969, and in London in 1972.
He wrote six spy thrillers under the nom-de-plume of J K Mayo between 1986 and 1997 using a middle-aged, irritable, Gauloise-smoking ex-army Colonel named Harry Seddall as his hero for these popular books. An interesting aside is his apparent enjoyment of using little-known and obscure words to enhance his excellent descriptions of places and intelligent conversations throughout the books.
Alcohol addiction coupled with visions caused him to take occasional breaks from general society but he managed to remain teetotal during his writing phase. Unfortunately he eventually succumbed again to alcohol during the his final years.
He died in an Edinburgh nursing home on 5 December 2005 after a long illness.
He left a wife Catherine Robins.
|1.||Better than One||Novel||1969|
|3.||A Footstool for God||Play||1972|
|4.||Beltran in Exile (The Last of the Templars)||Historical novel||1979|
|5.||The Knight on the Bridge||Historical novel||1982|
|6.||The Hunting Season1||Spy novel||1986|
|7.||Wolf's Head1||Spy novel||1987|
|8.||Cry Havoc1||Spy novel||1990|
|9.||A Shred of Honour1||Spy novel||1993|
|10.||The Masterless Men1||Spy novel||1995|
|11.||The Interloper1||Spy novel||1997|
1 Published under the pseudonym of J.K. Mayo.
- Calder, John (9 December 2005). "Bill Watson". The Guardian.
- Taylor, Alan (10 December 2005). "Bill Watson Prolific author and gentleman journalist".
- Browning, John Edgar; Picart, Caroline Joan (2011). Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. p. 285. ISBN 9780786433650.
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