I’ll tell you a secret…

My biggest publishing success so far is just about to happen! I’m very happy this year to be included in the Scottish Book Trust’s free book that gets distributed all over Scotland for Book Week 2016, 21st – 27th November. I’ve wanted to be a part of the book week projects for the past couple of years – last year I missed the deadline and the year before I wasn’t chosen. I’m really proud to be in it this year. See the link below for more details on Book Week.


Last week Hamish and I went to Edinburgh for an event to launch the book and meet the other authors. Lovely evening, but I completely forgot to take any photos. I’ll put a link on here when the press release is up.

The piece of mine that’s been included, ‘After the Dark Night comes the Morning’ was a very personal piece; a bit of a personal journey I’ve been on and I was happy with it, but it’s a big deal to let things like this go public. There is a print run of 150,000 of these books so I am a) very proud and b) a little terrified! However, I’ve been very open about some important stuff and if it helps someone else open up about similar things, then that’s all good. Here it is:



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I'm a writer living in the NE of Scotland. I write short stories, flash fiction and to date, three novels as practice ones. I've won a few competitions and been published in a few places, and I've been shortlisted too... My stories have been described as easily readable, but with serious themes. I'm finding my own unique voice as a writer and it becomes clearer every day. I'm a mum of two young children and have a partner who is very supportive. I give English tuition to anyone who needs it and I drive taxis part time. In between being a keen cook and making ignoring housework a new hobby, I write. I manage a few hours a day during a good week and one day I'd LOVE to spend a week or so on a writers' retreat. Having said that, the busier I am, the more I write. I like working under pressure (hence my attendance on sites such as 'Hour of Writes' and 'Write-Invite') and it never ceases to amaze me what pops out of my head when I sit down to a blank screen. I am a member of a writer's group called Mearns Writers, a lovely bunch of (slightly bonkers and thoroughly interesting) people indeed. I'm trying to build an on line life as I believe most writers nowadays need to have a readily availble 'CV' in the form of a blog/twitter account/social media page and though I would rather spend time writing stories I suppose it's time I collated my successes and made a page that, hopefully, a publisher/agent will read one day. Happy reading!

8 thoughts on “I’ll tell you a secret…”

  1. I love coming across links to your short stories especially when I my mind is busy in the small hours as they transport me for a few minutes to another place- this one is different as it is about inside your thoughts rather than fiction. I feel I know you better than ten minutes ago – but always knew you were a wonderful mum 💕


    1. Thank you Pam, those words mean a lot. I didn’t always know!! There are so many more stories out competing or on my computer… I really hope I can get them published 🙂


  2. So honest and from the heart. You had me quite emotional. It’s interesting when you read someone’s story and realise your not the only one out there. There are other people who feel or have felt the same as you. You are a brilliant mum and a truly inspirational and brave lady ❤️


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