I was born in 1956 so now officially old enough to wear purple. I am passionate about writing and trying to harness the power of words. My focus tends to be concentrated on several repeating themes. If nature’s intended plan for us is disrupted: – through adoption or other interventions – the result can be emotional, psychological or social. If the tribal instincts and genetics destined to shape us are altered, the legacy of our heritage changes. I am fascinated by the alternative personal and social histories that emerge when our primal strengths become restricted.
Home for the most part is a scenic rural area of Scotland with occasional prolonged visits to County Sligo in Ireland. I enjoy walks along the Irish shoreline particularly on stormy days. I hate injustice, lies, cruelty in all forms and aubergines.
I was adopted at the age of four months from a Good Shepherd mother and baby home. I had loving parents and was raised in Edinburgh and educated at a convent school. This is a fact which has naturally influenced the content of my books. Similarly it has caused me to look beyond and find other areas which can become part of our shared humanity. I then trained as a teacher and worked at the chalk face for twenty five years until my official retirement from the world of education in 2015.
My love of words started around the age of nine when a nun named Mother Rannigan, regularly set us story writing tasks as homework. The topics were random, such as pretending to be a horse on a fairground roundabout, or imagining a view of world as seen by the missing gym shoe hidden in the cloakroom. What began as a chore was to quickly become an all consuming interest. Notebooks became filled with scribbles when imagination became a force which demanded to be released with ink onto a blank page. Numerous beginnings which failed to reach an end until now I have finally completed The Lorn Trilogy.
I live in a scenic part of Scotland with my husband of 40 years. We share two married adult sons, one grandson, three dogs and a cat. Since my husband retired in 2016 we have spend many months in Ireland. My natural heritage is Irish which gives me a sense of coming home.
Although my writing is fictional it deals with facts. The situations in the lives of my characters is real. There are extremes in everything but I believe no one remains untouched when nature’s map changes course.