I am a writer of historical fiction, known to all as Vicki, and have lived most of my life in Fife but am now based in Peebleshire. I won the Barbara Hammond Trophy as well as a Chill with a Book Readers Award. My fascination with times past is central to my work.
When I was twelve our history teacher took us on a visit to St Andrews Castle. We crept down the siege tunnel and peered into the bottle dungeon and I was hooked. After a career in leadership development and team coaching in large public sector organisations, I came back to the story of the siege which had so fascinated me. My first book The Castilians is told through the eyes of a sister and brother caught up on opposite sides of the siege and closely follows the actual historical events. The story of the Setons continues with book two set in Antwerp and the following books in Venice and Constantinople respectively.
I have a degree in History and Sociology and an MSc in Human Resource Management. I also have extensive experience with successful self-publishing and am open to discussing this with audiences. I’m experienced in working with both small and large groups, and with children, as well speaking at conferences. I can speak about writing, research and the history and stories behind my books – and especially about finding the confidence to write. I am able to work in schools.