Jun 4 2012 By Joe McGuire
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A NEW book about the Virgin Mary enjoyed divine help, according to the author.
Glasgow-born writer Dick Barton, 63, admits the Holy Mother was the last thing he would’ve chosen to write about, and doesn’t describe himself as being religious.
He said: “I never wrote it on PC, it was all by hand and I felt my pen being guided by something else.
“It was a very weird feeling.
“Really, I felt like I was just a channel for the Virgin Mary to write through.
“Sometimes it would bring tears to my eyes as I wrote, bring me to my knees – this was the strength of feeling I had.”
But the Dennistoun-born businessman, who founded salon chain Das Haar, says he was also subject to more malign forces while writing.
Barton said: “I could feel an evil force trying to stop me from writing. It was a real fight some days and I could feel a war being played out through my pen.”
The book is a personal triumph for Dick, who left high school with no qualifications at 15.
He said: “I barely knew about punctuation and grammar so this book is a bit of an achievement for me.”
Growing up in the east end, he felt the religious divide keenly.
He said: “I couldn’t get a job because I was a Catholic.
“All this sectarian hate between Celtic and Rangers is disgusting, no better than racism.”
In Madonna and the Pen, Mary appoints a dozen young disciples, from all faiths, to carry her word across the globe.
They act to combat the seven deadly sins on a material level, but also fight a supernatural battle against demons.
It’s a scenario that Barton sees as being likely thanks to the state of the planet today.
He said: “You just need to look around and see all the corruption, war, famine and injustice to know we’re in a bad state.
“I wanted to bring the Virgin Mary back into the world through my writing, and I think that’s what her plan is.”
Barton hopes the book might be turned into a movie, and is already writing a sequel.
Madonna and the Pen, published by Austen amd Macauley, is sold in paperback for £9.99 from Amazon.