Having trained as a journalist, I came to specialise in food writing and my 19th cookbook, A Taste of Scotland's Islands, is published in August 2019. I branched into fiction some years ago and now my 3rd novel - Down To the Sea - is out in 2019, and my 4th - The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange - is to be published in 2020.
I prefer chaired events where I can talk about the themes in my novels. These range from the Tay Rail Bridge disaster to 19th century Newhaven fishergirls, poorhouses and modern care homes, as well as scandals in early 18th century Scottish society. I can speak about my experience of writing both dual narratives and also historical fiction. Audiences seem to also talks about food and cookery, from the traditions of Scottish cooking - in particular baking - to the current state of Scotland's larder.