I was born in Aberdeen and as a child always had an interest in the paranormal which in those days only went as far as reading traditional ghost stories. After leaving school, I spent a number of years working without having any real direction. I discovered my dormant artistic abilities soon after and for the next five years attended art school where I studied painting.
On leaving college I was lucky to find work tutoring and for the last eighteen years I have worked in further education. This has included both formal and informal classes through local colleges, social work and community groups. At present I work with schools delivering educational activities in the museum sector as well as tutoring for Arts Development. During this time my interest in heritage, local history and the paranormal came to the fore and I have spent the last six years delivering talks on these subjects to all manner of organizations.
Fed up with reading about the usual ‘haunted’ castles that are so prolific in Scotland, I decided to embark on my own journey of discovery and after three years of painstaking research and countless interviews was lucky to be offered a publishing deal with Cauliay. My first book, The Haunted North, came out in 2008 and since then I have worked on a number of new projects including the newly published Haunted North Two. Both have exceeded expectations and have given me the opportunity to work with both schools and adult groups where I have taken tours, delivered talks and other diverse projects.
My other interests, apart from my family, are photographing old buildings at risk, I am passionate about preserving buildings at risk and have made it my mission to photograph local buildings threatened with demolition for the last six years. I am equally happy to talk about this aspect of my work also which is very relevant to my writing. My other interests include painting, watching old films and collecting books. Because of my interests I have been accused of being a reincarnated Victorian which I take as a compliment.
About writer's work
Themes I like to explore in my work are varied. I have an obvious interest in the paranormal however I am very much drawn to the past and finding out how people lived in those times. I am very interested in books in general and the idea of collecting and preserving objects from the past which comes from working in the museum sector.
Currently I have a number of writing projects underway. These include a collection of fictional ghost stories influenced by my own experiences, though I might add, in this instance, somewhat exaggerated. I am also working on a children’s book which is a completely new experience for me. My third project is Castlegate Frames which is not only the title but also the setting of the book. Based on the unusual clientele who frequented a framing establishment I worked for. I would describe it as being very Scottish, coarse and funny and surprisingly all completely true. I hope to have them completed in the near future.
Apart from these I have also written for a number of magazines including Paranormal and Ghost Voices and am currently working on a new article for the former.
Current events and projects
I have given hundred of talks for schools, bookshops, community centers and local societies (probus groups, historical societies, support organizations such as brain injury trust etc.), Heritage groups. All talks are fully illustrated and tailored for individual needs.