The Last Sunset by Bob Atkinson

Author Bob Atkinson

Bob Atkinson was born and raised in the district of Lochaber, in the Western Highlands of Scotland. At the age of seventeen the age-old curse of the Highlands — lack of work and opportunity — forced him to take the same military path taken by many of his forebears. While serving with the army in Northern Ireland he met his future wife, inspiration for at least one of the female characters in The Last Sunset. Bob now lives in Fort William.

Interview
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
I’d like to travel 500 years into the future to see if we’ve survived, as a species. Have we lived up to our potential, or failed to learn from our mistakes?
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
That’s easy; Blackbeard. I would love to ask him: “Where exactly did you hide all that treasure?”
What was the inspiration for your current book? 
I live in an area that is not only stunningly beautiful, but is also incredibly rich in history. Within a twenty mile radius of where I live lie five historical battlefields. On many hilltops can be found the ruins of iron age forts that were built before the time of Christ.
Inhabited for thousands of years, many of the glens lie empty now, cleared of people during the evictions of the 19th century. In such places the past really does hang heavy.
I think “The Last Sunset” was my way of repopulating the empty glens; relighting the peat fires in the ruined houses, as it were.
Tell us a little about your current book, and where it’s available. 
“The Last Sunset” is a romantic, time-travel adventure set primarily during the Jacobite rebellion of 1746. The story is set during one of the great crossroads of history, and seeks to pose that great question of speculative fiction: What if?
The book is available from Amazon.com., Amazon.co.UK. Smashwords, Kobo, diesel and Nook.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?  
A number of very kind reviewers have expressed the hope that a sequel to The Last Sunset is in the offing. That would be my next project.
One food you would never eat? L
iver. I still have nightmares of being force fed fried liver for school dinners. Even the thought of it is revolting, nauseating, excuse me
Pet Peeves? 
School dinner-ladies who force future authors to eat fried liver.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
There is nothing quite like the flavour of good quality vanilla ice cream.  Vanilla is one of the great natural flavours of this planet.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
The head says good wholesome porridge. The stomach would prefer bacon, sausage, eggs. Unfortunately for the stomach the head usually wins.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 
Jamie Oliver, to cook the meal. Gordon Ramsay, to take care of the dishes. The other three guests would be school dinner-ladies. No prizes for guessing what their meal would consist of.
Night owl, or early bird? 
Night owl. I always do my best work when the rest of the world is asleep.

The Last Sunset

Nuclear Armageddon blasts through time itself, dragging people from different eras into a turning point in history.

The year… 1746.

Around Fort William, the Scottish Highlanders are in revolt and the Redcoats are coming…

But this time they will face more than flintlocks and Claymores.

Can history be changed, or is the future doomed to witness…