Historical Novel Society Conference

Yesterday I attended the Historical Novel Society Conference in Cumbernauld to talk about children’s historical fiction. My fellow Cranachan author Barbara Henderson shared the session with me, and it was great to hear about her experience and advice for writing historical novels for children. We decided we’d give a short presentation on how we wrote… Read More

Under the Mountain cover

Under the Mountain and Other Stories

I’m delighted to announce that Under the Mountain and Other Stories, my collaboration with artist Anh Diep, is now available from Amazon. This is a collection of eight science fiction and fantasy short stories, including all three of my previously-published stories, along with five never-before-seen tales. Complementing the stories are illustrations by my friend Anh. He’s… Read More

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Back in January I entered three of my short stories for the Leicester Writes short story competition. Leicester Writes is a local literature development project; they run workshops, a writing group, competitions, and a literature festival, and are enthusiastic about supporting writers in Leicester and beyond. The competition was open to all writers across the… Read More

The Wreck of the Argyll

Release day for The Wreck of the Argyll

It’s the release day for the new edition of my WWI spy thriller The Wreck of the Argyll. This is the book that won the Great War Dundee Children’s Book Prize in 2015, and was initially published by Cargo, before being fostered by Freight for a year before the rights reverted to me. My lovely publishers… Read More

Scottish History Network: Growing up with Scottish History at Tarbat Ness

I’m delighted to have an article on the Scottish History Network blog today. It describes the effect of growing up at Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, with its centuries of history right beneath my feet. I write about a grassy mound just outside the lighthouse complex that I thought might be a Viking burial mound, but was… Read More