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Portrait Welcome to my website, I do hope you enjoy your visit. I grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, but now live with my husband in the Scottish Borders. For many years I concentrated on writing short stories until an interest in Scotland’s turbulent history, and in particular the 16th century, combined with PhD research into the Ulster-Scots vernacular, sparked the writing of Turn of the Tide which 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.

Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

I am currently working on the sequel, as well as continuing to write short stories.

One of the best things about seeing my debut novel in print is 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. For upcoming events 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.

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.

See Turn of the Tide page to read an extract from the novel and information on the historical background, the setting, characters, research and a selection of reviews.

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.