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 the fictional Munro 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 was released on 15th October 2016 under my own new imprint Sanderling Books. It has been long-listed for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. Distribution is via Central Books and the paperback is available through all good ‘bricks and mortar’ bookshops in the UK, and also online, nationally via Waterstones, and internationally via Amazon and the Book Depository It is also available on Kindle.
October 2016 saw the publication of Dust Blowing and Other Stories – a collection of shorts, many of which have won or been placed in national and international competitions, such as Fish, Neil Gunn, Mslexia and Tom Howard.
October 2017 is the Luther 500 Anniversary and to mark it I released Katharina: Deliverance, a fictionalised biography of Katharina von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife. It is available from UK bookshops and internationally in both Kindle and PB format.
Signed copies of any of the books can be ordered here, or via my FB author page.
Please provide the name / postal address of where the book is to be sent and specify any dedication that you wish to have written in it. (Current UK p+p – January 2018 is £3 for up to 2 books. Other quantities / areas on request.)
Cost: Turn of the Tide / A House Divided £8.99 (+postage)
Dust Blowing and other Stories £5.99 (+postage)
Katharina: Deliverance £9.99 (+ postage)
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’m looking forward to expanding my programme of events in 2018. And for those in Scotland, as I am on the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature database, it’s possible to access funding to help with the cost of staging an event.
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 for reading groups, I’m equally happy to be quizzed following your reading of any of my books. If you think your group is too far away, why not consider a visit via Skype?
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. It is also included in the short story collection.
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 returned to Hawthornden Castle in mid-February and used the month-long fellowship to begin the third novel in the Munro series. Read a short piece on that experience Hawthornden here.
I love to hear from visitors to my site, 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.