Welcome to a writer’s website
I was born and brought up in Dunfermline (made famous by Sir Patrick Spens, Andrew Carnegie, Moira Shearer and Nazareth) and studied classics at St. Andrews University. I then spent time in Oxford and London before 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 but before that came to an end I had decided it was time to make a start on my ambition to be writer, or rather a novelist. All I needed was an idea for a book, which turned up during a visit to France in 2003 and I penned (or pencilled) the opening scenes during the ferry crossing home. 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 completed A Kettle of Fish (Thornberry Publishing) and was beginning to have some success with short stories too. Since then I have been totally wrapped up in my first venture into historical fiction and am delighted that In the Blink of an Eye, my fictional account of the iconic photographic partnership of D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson will be out next year with Linen Press.
Thanks for visiting and Haste ye back!