About Robbie

Robbie MacNiven is an author and freelance journalist living in the Highlands of Scotland and currently enrolled as a student at the University of Edinburgh, studying History. His ambition is to become an author in much the same way that a 5 year old, when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, will say “a fireman” or “an astronaut.”Β  He takes thin but wholesome comfort from the fact that the world will always need authors just as it will always need firemen and (presumably) astronauts.


In between studying (at worst only a passing discomfort) and writing Robbie follows politics, football, gaming and stalks magazines and newspapers online to see if they have a “submit”Β button. A number of his short fiction works can be found on Amazon, and his non-fiction in such publications as Retrospect, Skirmish and Military History Monthly.Β Should his writing career almost invariably fail he intends to flee to North America, buy himself a musket and a red coat, and join a re-enacting group. He generally prefers cats to dogs, and is 25 years old.

40 responses to “About Robbie

  1. Wish you well with the writing career Robbie. Can’t understand why you would follow my blog. It’s all made up rubbish. πŸ™‚


    • You don’t recognise me? How embarrassing for you, I’m famous! Just kidding, if you did know who I was you’d be a creepy stalker cybernat. Though writing is my buisness, and the buisness of this blog, I’m also neck deep in the referendum. I was one of the “normal Scots” who spoke at the Better Together launch. I also help run the main fb unionist page, Vote NO

  2. Tessa Sheppard

    Love your sense of humour! Good luck on your writing endeavours!

  3. Tessa Sheppard

    I’ve nominated you for The Reader Appreciation award! Here’s the link to my post.


  4. Prefers cats to dogs… definitely a writer!

  5. Hi from here.

    Thanks for following my blog!

  6. Thanks for the follow, Robbie. πŸ™‚

  7. Hey Robbie. Thanks for the follow! Enough with formalities, now let’s write! πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you for following my blog! I appreciate your style of humor. (Why a red coat? Oh, sorry, you’re from that side of the pond. End of my own poor attempt at humor.) My sister, who as published two books online, is trying to convince me to write. Maybe I also should do it. Keep writing the good stuff!

    • It’s a pleasure to read it. That’s good to know, there’s a fine line between funny and annoying as a stubbed toe; when I can see it myself I’ll let you know. It was a good post about writing, my advice is simple enough – if you enjoy writing, write, if you don’t, don’t. Best of luck either way πŸ™‚

  9. B. M. Reed

    Thanks for the follow – my first follower! It’s all very exciting. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for following me Robbie. Hope the writing goes so well you won’t need to take the red coat treatment.

  11. Hi Robbie, thanks for the follow. I hope you enjoy what you read.

  12. I’ve just downloaded Heavenbloom onto my Kindle. I always like reading something new and this book has positive reviews.

    • Thank you kindly indeed! I sometimes feel the reviews are too good to it, I hope you enjoyed it though. It was my first published work so the edges may be a little rough to say the least πŸ™‚

  13. Great looking blog. I look forward to reading your stuff πŸ™‚

    P.S. I’m on Scrib too πŸ™‚

  14. The professor sends his greetings. Cats just seem cooler…don’t they?

  15. I totally was going to be an astronaut when I was five. Actually I think until I was about 15 haha. Then I really had to be like, Sarah, there are maybe 40 in the entire world, so it’s probably not going to happen…. So now we’ll give writing a go! Odds are bit more in my favor. Anyway, thanks for the follow!

  16. I was just glancing by and saw your blog and really enjoyed reading your advice about finding a Literary Agent. I also agree that there are times when we have to put away our less than realistic dreams, and go for our more outlandish ones, hence writing. Great post.

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