I am an author and journalist.
My debut novel, The Maiden, (Mantle Books, 2023) is a feminist retelling of a 17th century Edinburgh murder. It won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect award 2020 and went on to become a Times and Waterstones bestseller. I was inspired to write the novel based on the local folklore of my childhood.
I’ve also been a journalist for around 25 years writing for national newspapers. I specialise in investigating and writing news and features mainly as a Health Editor.
I have extensive experience in pitching, writing and editing both in fiction and journalism and I love working with other writers and readers. I have appeared at events and panels and enjoy taking part in talks, Q&As, book groups, workshops and mentoring. I became a debut author at the age of 48 and I am happy to talk about my experience of the writing and publication process as an older debut. I enjoy exploring themes of historical retellings and women in history.