I have written three historical fiction novels for adults.
One is set in the fifteenth century, during the Wars of the Roses. Two (published January and May 2020) have World War Two and the post war period, up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a backdrop and are set partly in Berlin.
I am passionate about telling character-based stories - whatever time period people inhabit, we share many of the same emotional and mental challenges - and exploring female voices.
I also write 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; writing short stories; focussed sessions on bringing characters to life and the power of setting. Workshops aim to develop confidence, voice and a writers' toolkit.