About the Author

I’m a native of Dundee and a graduate of St Andrews University. I’ve lived and worked all over Scotland and now live in a village in West Lothian. 

I had a varied career in the voluntary sector, working for a time for Save the Children Fund and even sharing a platform (twice!) with the Princess Royal. 

In 2007, I turned from charity management to creative writing.

I am blessed with three daughters,  a stepson, and eight grandchildren.

otme with my beautiful god-daughter
with my beautiful

me with lovely granddaughters
with lovely granddaughters

My Life as an Author

I was encouraged by my first creative writing tutor to use my own life experiences and memories as a springboard. This led to the creation of characters, settings, conversations, gatherings and events. I discovered the joy of creating an imaginary world that grew and grew. 

I wrote my first novel, A Good Time for Miracles, in one year and my second, Red Gown Girl, the next. 

My third novel, Eleanor's Journey grew out of a fascination with the lifestyle and experiences of an old friend. 

 My fourth novel, The Ghost of Erraid is set on a tiny, tidal island off the south tip of the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. 

My dog, Tucker (who sadly is no longer with us) often accompanied me on my research rambles. 

My fifth novel, Three Times a Lady, is a currently a work in progress, a time travel tale set partly in Edinburgh, partly in Glasgow. 

The protagonist shuttles between:
- life as an investment banker in 2013 
- life as a suffragette widow 
   in the early 1900s
- and life as a soldier's sweetheart
  during World War One.


with daughters and dogswith daughters and dogs

me with the love of my lifewith the love of my life

Me with Robert Burns at the Birks o’ Aberfeldy
with Robert Burns
at the Birks o’ Aberfeldy