AN EMERGING Alloa author is set to release more books this year following the success of his debut novel.

Robert Ferguson, who had released the critically acclaimed book I've Got Jesus in the Back of My Taxi, is working on a thriller to be released in September while two other books are already at the editing stage.

The former airline marketing design consultant has also completed a couple of novellas and a series of 12 short stories, all of which are due to be released later this year as stand-alone publications, serialised in periodicals or as part of an anthology of works by up and coming Scottish literary talent.

One of the novellas, The Intrepid Steps of John Ruffam, was chosen from more than 145 entries from worldwide submissions, voted on by a team of five editors, and included alongside 24 others selected for publication.

It is an intriguing tale with a supernatural element, something that plays a large part in many of Robert's eclectic mix of short stories.

The author said: “I started off writing songs when I was younger, and that progressed into poetry before I finally found my real love was for writing curious stories with a Scottish connection.”

Robert featured in the Advertiser in 2020 after releasing I've Got Jesus in the Back of My Taxi, a Christmas tale set in Glasgow.

Receiving the approval of the likes of David Hayman, Alex McLeish, Sir David Jason, Lorraine Kelly, and Sir Ian McKellen, the books is on its second print run with publishers AMP New York as it continues to gather plaudits online.