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 indulging in bookish chat.
I live in rural northeast Scotland on a windy hill overlooking a ruined castle, with my husband, almost grown sons and Boston, an independent cat who occasionally tolerates cuddles.
My short stories have been published in the The Scottish Field Magazine, by literary newspaper Northwords Now, as well as in the Scottish Book Trust ‘Rebel’ anthology. 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.
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.
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, Sinead Moriarty 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, as well as The Granite Noir crime fiction festival, for online magazine The Wee Review.
I discover loads of exciting new fiction as a Net Galley book reviewer, and plan on offering a monthly round up of books read (a bite-size couple of paragraphs for each) on my blog.
I am also active on social media and would love to hear from you!