I was born in Brunswick, Maine, USA in 1973. After a childhood spent in Maine and Massachusetts, I attended Brown University in Rhode Island, USA. In 1996 I moved to Scotland to do an MLitt in creative writing at the University of St. Andrews, and ended up marrying a Scot and settling in the UK. I now live with my husband and two children, two cats, one dog and a succession of ponies I can't afford, in the Scottish Borders. I sometimes double (and triple!) as a harpist and printmaker. To date, I have three novels and two mixed-media books in print.
About writer's work
I primarily write historical fiction (with the exception of one futuristic thriller, set in Russia). I have no favorite time period - so far I've covered the Crusades, 1920s Louisiana, and I'm currently working on a book set in 1850s Louisiana and Edinburgh. On a smaller scale, I write poetry and shorter fiction, and as stated above I have sidelines in art and music. I also run a small press, Cornmill Press, which, along with other people's work, I've used to put out two of my own multi-media publications.
Current events and projects
I am available to do local readings and workshops up to a day in length, plus longer term projects or projects farther afield, if they can accommodate my family. I have a lot of experience running writing and art workshops for adults and children of all ages, and teaching music to adults and children. I quite like to work with primary school age children, but am open to anything. My most recent project was with my daughter's P1 class. I wanted to do a workshop with them, but as they're too young for a writing workshop, we made paper, and then turned it into notebooks. Please contact via publisher (Snowbooks ltd).
‘Mum’s the Word'; Peeblesshire News; bi-weekly column, 2002-03
‘The Seal Child’; Linkway magazine, issue number 33, ISSN 1361-0007
‘The Black Dwarf'; adaptation of the novella by Sir Walter Scott, commissioned by the Tweed Theatre Company, 2004
‘In Your Country’; Scottish Arts Council Website, 2002
(poem of the month) ‘A Kaleidoscope of Stories’; Chapman magazine, issue number 99, ISBN 1-903700-04-3
‘The Shadow Shop'; Dark Horizons magazine, Spring issue, 2001
‘The Other Eden’; Time Warner, New York, 2001
‘Scottish Women’s Fiction, 1920’s-1960’s: Journeys into Being'; Scottish Studies Review, Glasgow, Winter 2000, issue number 1, ISSN 0305-0785
‘Inventing a Present’; Scottish Literary Journal, Glasgow, volume 27 number 1, ISSN 0305-0785
‘Back to the Future’; Chapman magazine, issue number 95, ISBN 0-906772-93-1
‘The Scottish Experience Remembered’; Compass, the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, USA/Canada, volume 9 number 1, 1998
‘Pamphleteer’; Chapman magazine, Edinburgh, issue number 87, 1997, ISBN 0-906772-83-4