Hello and thank you for dropping by. As a passionate supporter of the book community, I love to connect with other bookworms and am happiest when writing or enjoying bookish chat.
I live in rural northeast Scotland, on a windy hill overlooking a ruined castle, with my husband, student sons, and an independent cat who occasionally tolerates cuddles.
I was delighted to be awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ award for 2022, and am using the opportunities offered to write my debut flash fiction collection, provisionally entitled ‘Fledgling’.
Flash fiction successes include being published by the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Cranked Anvil Press, Ellipsis Zine, Potluck Zine and Retreat West. I have also enjoyed flash fiction competition wins, along side numerous short and long listings.
I’m an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) New Writers’ Scheme, winning the RNA Elizabeth Goudge award in 2015, going on to gain the third place award in 2016. My flash fiction story, Puffin Lessons won the RNA Summer 2021 flash fiction competition and was published in Romance Matters magazine.
The Fight of the Wyld Cattis was published by WWF Scotland as part of their Great Scottish Canvas project, which was used during the UN Climate Conference, COP26, in Glasgow 2021. As well as being displayed at the Glasgow Science Centre.
My short stories have been published in the The Scottish Field Magazine, in literary newspaper Northwords Now, in the Elphinstone Institute’s Dinna Mess wi the Popo & Other Stories, as well as in the Scottish Book Trust Rebel anthology. A particular short story highlight, was being long listed by Fish Publishing. Also, I was thrilled to be awarded highly commended in the Aberdeen University Toulmin Short Story Competition 2019. When writing in Doric (the language of north-east Scotland), I use the pseudonym Isobel Rutland.
As a member of the Novel Points of View blog team, I share posts on writing, reading, creativity and more.
My poetry has been shared by Grampian Hospital Arts’ Trust.
Currently, I have my sleeves rolled up editing my first contemporary women’s novel, in preparation for submission to agents.
Where to Find my Reviews
My favourite reads are contemporary women’s novels with emotional heart by writers such as Diane Chamberlain, Kelly Rimmer, Kate Hewitt, Kristin Hannah, Kerry Fisher, Noelle Harrison, Karen Swan and more. I also enjoy being swept away by great book club picks, as well as being immersed in the beautiful language of literary and Gothic fiction.
I am an arts’ correspondent, reviewing new releases, for online magazine The Wee Review.
I discover loads of exciting new fiction as a Net Galley book reviewer, and offer a monthly round up of books read (a bite-size couple of paragraphs for each) on my blog.
Flash Fiction Tutor
Flash fiction tutoring available, suitable for all levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Fun sessions, exploring student’s ideas, learning how to write concisely, using words that pop and zing off the page.
For details of bespoke flash fiction lessons, as well as group workshops, please get in touch via my contact page.
I am also active on social media and would love to connect!