The Cazique of Poyais (working title)


17 May 2019 – first draft done and editing under way.


A trickster and con man working in Belize catches two young twins, Jose and Noemi, in his web with the promise of a better life across the sea in London.  The promise is almost too good to be true, but with a little help from their elderly Uncle, Tito, the twins are sent on their epic journey to find their destiny and get more out of life than they could in Belize Town.

Why I’m writing it

I found this book on the Guardian or possibly just while browsing called “The Phantom Atlas” which details some of the many blunders made by cartographers and others throughout history – some on purpose and some by mistake.  I was spellbound by a story about a conman, Sir Gregor MacGregor, from Scotland who convinced several hundred people to pack up their lives and go to the other side of the world with the promise of a land of milk and honey.  He even sold people bonds on the London Stock Exchange secured against this fictional country’s riches.  So, I reversed the idea and my story grew from there.

How I’m writing it

When I found a competition to write adventure fiction, I came up with the idea fairly quickly as I had already been thinking about it.  I sketched out an outline over the course of probably a week or two’s tube journeys into work and then I got cracking.  I’m positive that I will have a lot of editing and continuity type work to do when I’m done, but so far it has worked smoothly.

The Story

Drafting is ongoing and hoping to get some more done and even complete the first full draft over the summer.

New chapters being published here as and when I post them.

The Cazique’s Disciple

Belize Town

A Scene Set

The Disciple’s Triumph

Convincing Noemi

Tito’s Sacrifice

The Eagle from Mexico


The Hospital

Noemi’s Report

The Ghost of MacGregor

The London Deeds

Twin Pact


Tito’s Surprise


Tito’s Goodbye


Shall we go?


The letter



Passing time

For MacGregor


The Azores

The Channel

The Parson


Fox Lane

The Caretaker

The Leaseholder



Cross city travel


Who owns the green

The palace

A Favour owed

The King’s Head


On the road


MacGregor’s Hand


A Proposal


Neustrie Found



The Second Poyais Scheme

Back in London

Cash in the bank


The French foreign office

On the run

In custody

Early retirement

End (for now)