After studying economics at St Andrews University I went on to have a thirty-year career as a freelance copywriter. In 2016, I won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect competition. This secured me an agent and a three-book publishing deal with Orion for my police procedural series set in the world of tattoos and tattooing. I divide my time between London and Edinburgh, where I am a co-founder of the Edinburgh Writers’ Forum, providing professional development and networking for writers.
My first novel, The Tattoo Thief, is the first instalment of an internationally acclaimed trilogy. I also write in collaboration with my brother Nick Higgins – the first of our action thriller series set in Afghanistan, Death In Kabul, was published in March 2022. Now I’m embarking on a fresh crime series set in Canterbury, featuring DI Lexi Bennett, newly appointed to lead the Major Incident Team after a spell working with the FBI’s specialist serial killer unit.
I’m currently available for:
- Talks at schools, libraries and prisons on writing as a career, finding your story, how to pitch effectively and the journey to publication
- Meet-the-author events, author panels and discussions
- Teaching classes on crime writing, fiction writing, pitching and how to get published