Welcome to my website, I do hope you enjoy your visit (best accompanied by tea/ coffee and mint chocolates…).
Although I now live in the Scottish Borders, I grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, so perhaps it was inevitable that I would one day write about living within conflict and the problems and pressures that diverse loyalties place on families, on relationships and on personal integrity. The Turn of the Tide is that story, but set in the turbulent clan warfare of 16th century Scotland. The tale of a fictional family trapped within a real-life 150 year-old feud, and the first in a series, it is available in all good bookshops in the UK and online.
The Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition (pre-publication), it has now been awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014.
The sequel A House Divided will be published on 15th October under my own new imprint Sanderling Books and is already available for pre-order – on Kindle via Amazon and in paperback via Waterstones. (Though for some reason best known to themselves the link currently sports a large W rather than the cover image…)
The paperback will of course be available through all good ‘bricks and mortar’ bookshops in the UK and available internationally via Amazon and the Book depository etc following publication date.
As a new venture for me the website for Sanderling Books is a work-in-progress… so for the time being I’m welcoming visitors to Sanderling here.
One of the best things about seeing my debut novel in print was having the opportunity to meet and chat to readers and to share my experiences with both adults and young adults in a wide variety of contexts, from festivals to book groups. I would love to expand my programme of events following the publication of A House Divided.
For a calendar of events (past and forthcoming) please click here. If you’d like me to visit your group, whatever the size or format, do please contact me. I am happy to give presentations on various aspects of writing, the process of getting published, and the inter-relationship between history and fiction. And if you think your group is too far away, why not consider a visit via Skype?
Visit Gallery to see some pictures (more comprehensive selection to be uploaded soon) and a video clip of Turn of the Tide discussed on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.
An Hawthornden Fellow, my recent short story credits include: Overall Winner Neil Gunn 2011, Chrysalis Prize 2010, and Winchester Short Story Prize 2009. 3rd in Rubery International Short Story 2013, a finalist in the Historical Novel Society Short Story 2012, shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2012 and long-listed for the Historical Novel Society Short Story 2014, the Matthew Pritchard Award, Fish Short Story and Fish One Page Prize, I’ve been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.
One of my prize-winning short stories is available to read on the Short Story page.
Publications gives a list of currently available anthologies which include some of my winning and placed short stories.
Visit the blog page for links to articles I find of interest and / or articles of my own.
I’d love to hear from you, so please do use the Contact me form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
And finally…for information on what’s important to me personally please visit the About page.