Crow Country author compiles book for Haiti

PUBLISHED: 12:03 07 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:18 11 May 2010

GREG McQUEEN

GREG McQUEEN

AN AUTHOR from Crow Country has compiled a book to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Greg McQueen, who grew up in Royston but now lives in Denmark, took just six weeks to compile and publish 100 Stories for Haiti, which has already sold more than

AN AUTHOR from Crow Country has compiled a book to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Greg McQueen, who grew up in Royston but now lives in Denmark, took just six weeks to compile and publish 100 Stories for Haiti, which has already sold more than 500 copies and raised £2,000 for the Red Cross' work on the crisis-hit Caribbean island.

It is an anthology of short stories by authors from around the globe.

Mr McQueen said: "The project began a couple of weeks after the earthquake because I really wanted to do something to help.

"I put a call out on social networking website Twitter, thinking I might struggle to get 100 different stories, but within hours I had loads of different offers from people wanting to get involved.

"We managed to go from the initial idea to having the book published in six weeks, which I think is a pretty good achievement."

Mr McQueen is a writer himself, has scripted a children's television series, and is now working on a film in Denmark, where he lives with his wife and their nine-year-old daughter.

The former pupil of Roysia and Meridian schools is the son of Geoff McQueen, creator of The Bill television series, and still visits Royston regularly to see his mother and brother, who live in the town.

"We're really pleased with the amount of copies we've sold so far," he said.

"I didn't really have a specific total in mind when I came up with this idea, I just started the project on a whim really.

"There are stories in there from authors from South Africa, Finland, and the USA, as well as contributions from writers living in the UK. It's a great read and all the money made is going to a good cause."

100 Stories for Haiti is published by Bridge House publishing, and costs £11.99. It is available direct from the publishers via www.100storiesforhaiti.org, and in book shops.

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