Author Janice Galloway ‘lived in fear’ of her ex

Scottish author Janice Galloway.  Picture: Paul Parke
Scottish author Janice Galloway. Picture: Paul Parke
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A BEST-SELLING author broke down in tears as she told how she feared her ex-lover was going to destroy her career.

Janice Galloway, 58, the author of titles such as The Trick is to Keep Breathing, Foreign Parts and Blood, claimed concert pianist Graeme McNaught, 54, launched a campaign to damage her reputation and harm sales of her books.

McNaught, of Mount Vernon, Glasgow, is on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court and faces a total of 10 charges of placing Miss Galloway in a state of fear and alarm. He has denied all the claims against him.

Miss Galloway, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, told a jury she became terrified to leave her home over fears McNaught would turn up at events she had been booked to appear at.

She said: “He had gone looking for me at places he knew I would be. I had a friend who worked at the bar at the Tron in Glasgow and he would tell me Graeme had been in looking for me so I just stopped going out.

“I once turned up to a reading and Graeme had sent word that he was going to appear.

“I had to inform the organisers that this might happen because there were other writers there and he could have put them off their stride.

“That sort of thing make people stop inviting you, it could have put off my work life.”

Miss Galloway also told how McNaught had contacted online retailer Amazon in an attempt to have information about her on the company’s website changed.

She said: “Amazon started something called the Amazon book system so people could find out a little about you.

“You could suggest changes to the information and Graeme got in touch with Amazon and suggested changes about me.

“I think he may have been saying that I hadn’t written books I was supposed to have written.

“Whatever the changes were they would have meant something bad for my sales popularity. It’s very concerning because a huge number of people go through Amazon and tend to believe what they read on the web.

“This was an attempt to undermine my career standing and damage my career.”

Miss Galloway told the jury McNaught taunted her and her husband Jonathan May when he started dating a younger woman called Alice who had been a student of his.

The court was shown a letter McNaught had sent to Miss Galloway which said: “Alice would love to meet you. She would sort you out. Ask Jonathan, he thought her a ‘bit of all right’.”

Miss Galloway added: “It was pathetic. It was like he was trying to provoke envy with my own husband.

“He used to point sexual put downs at me. His girlfriend is younger than me and he used to portray me as particularly unfanciable. He talked about her perfection as opposed to my non-perfection.”

The trial had earlier heard claims McNaught turned up uninvited at Miss Galloway’s home and said he was to be crowned the King of Scotland at a beachfront ceremony.

McNaught is alleged to have told Miss Galloway he was to ‘walk into the water’ and wanted to take the couple’s son with him.

Miss Galloway and McNaught met in 1990 and had a six year on-off relationship during which they had a son James, 22.

The trial before Sheriff Ray Small continues.