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I was born in Cumbria and have lived in Glasgow for the last twelve years. I write novels set in Berlin and Eastern Europe covering the period from the 1930s to the end of the Cold War which examine the impact of conflict on ordinary people’s lives.
I am published by Bookouture and Grand Central Publishing. All six novels released so far have been best sellers and five have been sold in translation to countries including France, Italy and Hungary. I am currently contracted to write four more.
I have also written short stories which have been published in iScot, Mslexia, Writers' Forum and The Scottish Arts Club Anthology. I was the winner of the 2019 Flash Fiction Short Story Competition. These, predominantly contemporary, stories have a dark element, sometimes comically so.
I have led a number of school, library and Glasgow CCA workshops and chaired conference and author panels. Topics I am happy to explore include: the research, writing and publishing process; turning history into stories, including using historical photographs and artefacts as prompts; focussed sessions on bringing characters to life and the power of setting. Workshops aim to develop confidence, voice and a writers' toolkit.