A first-time author has spoken of his goal of helping others through the writing of his brutally revealing life story.
Chris Taylor, renowned throughout Ayrshire as a theatrical impresario, admits he turned to print to bare his soul.
The end result, a deeply honest look at his addictions throughout his life, is now hailed as an inspiration to others.
‘Me Myself And Weed’ traces Ayrman Chris’s journey from boy through school to respected star of stage and screen.
But along the way, he examines the emotional reality of him being sexually assaulted while in the military as a teenager and his subsequent battles with addiction.
Chris, 38, said Ayrshire Live: “I am a huge fan of author Des Dillon and read one of his books eight years ago called ‘My Epileptic Lurcher.
“It tells the story of how he can’t do anything in life because of the dog’s seizures.
“The book stuck with me because of its writing style…it’s like I’m sitting on your couch talking to you.”
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“So the idea started from there and I wanted to put my own life story on paper.
“I wanted to go back to the beginning and ask… is it what happened in the military that made me smoke weed and want to numb myself to things every night?
“The same thing happened with alcohol that became a crutch.
“I have scars all over my body from the times I self-harmed after the army and I felt like I always had to tell people lies about why.
“So getting everything out of an autobiography has been almost a cathartic experience.”
Chris, who has become a successful playwright with a long list of acting credits, insists his memoir has taken him on a powerful journey of self-discovery.
He added: “Writing a book has made me realize that I’m not normal, but that’s completely fine.
“If you help even one person who reads this book, then you’ve done your job.
“I heard that phrase and thought, ‘what nonsense.’
“But the other day I was contacted by a total stranger who had bought the book; she had been through an addiction and found my inner monologue very helpful.
“So if just one person can relate to my life experience, I’ll feel like it’s all worth it.
“I’m in a happier place in my life now and getting the book out has been a big part of that.
“I get beautiful messages from people I went to school with saying they thought they knew me but had no real idea who I was until they read this. It’s been an amazing experience.”
Me Myself And Weed is now available on Amazon.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.