“Thoughts on books, the writing process and how to live a creative life”



What I’m working on, character info,  story background, giveaways.


Thoughts on living a creative  and fulfilling life.


Reading – the most fun after writing. If I read anything good, I’ll post it here.


Podcasts, radio interviews, audio-stories…  If you don’t want to read, you can listen!



I Always Wanted to be a Spy…

Every novel begins with a single idea. Or in this case, a lifelong obsession with spies and spying and the outstanding courage of the women who fought behind the lines in World War Two.



On Prizes and what they Mean

I thought that winning the McIlvanney Prize would be one of the proudest moments of my life. Sharing it with my fellow short-listers felt better. Find out how it happened....



Summer Reads 2018

In the wall of books that comes out each year, some are exceptional. These are some of the best.


Writing is an incredibly solitary occupation. It's always good to connect with people who share the same realities. So go on, get in touch...

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