After graduating I spent time in Oxford and London before getting married and moving here to Bristol. Since then my accent has almost worn off, but I remain a Scot at heart, particularly during big sporting moments or when the English language fails to provide a word as vivid as dreich or scunner.
My first career was in university and college libraries until I found myself mixed up in new technologies, which led to a move into IT Training. It was around this time that I realised my ambition to be a writer would never come to pass unless I made a start.
For a while I dabbled with poems and short stories, but it wasn’t until a visit to France in 2003 that I had an idea for a novel and penned (or pencilled) the opening scenes during the ferry crossing home. Luckily I had already met Sarah Duncan, a local writer, whose ‘How to Write a Novel’ course provided both inspiration and practical advice. When I finally finished A New History of Love, I was thrilled to be a prize-winner in the A&C Black 2006 First Novel Competition. Maybe a publisher was too much to expect?
By 2012 I’d completed A Kettle of Fish and submitted to agents and publishers, gaining a positive reaction in most cases but no outright ‘yes’. Then Thornberry Publishing came along with an offer to e-publish and so here I am the debut novelist at last.
There’s always news of my writing, reading and performing on this site, and you can find me most days on Facebook or Twitter. Anyone who’d like to share memories of St. Andrews can take a look at my Alumnus Blog where I’d love to have contributions from fellow graduates – of any era. Thanks again for visiting. Come again, au revoir, or haste ye back!