I won the 2017 Glasgow Women’s Library Poetry Competition. It was an absolute pleasure to hear all of the shortlisted poems and prose pieces at the showcase held at the library, and my piece Release Marks was chosen as the winner in the poetry category.
My poem Unst Journal has been published in the Unst Writer’s Group Anthology, Across the Sound.
My Nourish piece was chosen for the Scottish Book Trust book. I am beyond delighted about this.
I was rewarded for my bravery in attending the Open Mic at Inky Fingers as it led onto another gig. I was delighted to perform at Dear Diary, which was part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
Speaking of which, I was accepted as a volunteer reporter for the SMHAF, and produced four pieces for their website over the course of the festival.
I always have a number of submissions of short pieces out in the ether, doing their best. This year, I’m participating in the 100 club, a group of writer friends and I are taking this article at its word. As of mid-November, I’m up to 83 submissions, and have had 55 rejections. Next year I want to focus on quality, not quantity of submissions.
How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? is my debut novel, published by Crooked Cat.
Here is the book’s official-homespun trailer.
A chick-lit novel with added grit, the book follows Melissa through frog-kissing, bed-hopping and sliding off her lily-pad with embarrassment more times than she would like to count. As glimpses of Melissa’s future contrast with her chaotic present and her bittersweet past, you’ll be left wondering – is there a happy ever after?
A must read for fans of ‘more refined chick lit.’ Reviews are available on UK and US Amazon, and Goodreads.
Family Perfect is my second novel, which is a work in progress.
Other Writing Stuff
I had the opportunity to participate in two open mics at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017: She Grrrowls, and That’s What She Said. I had great feedback from my five minute set: the Scotsman were at one of the gigs and described me (and the other open-mic participants that night) as a ‘talented rookie cutting their teeth.’
I have been interviewed for a podcast – Moira Cormack hosts the PenPixelPrint show, and the interview can be found here.
Short Pieces online
Parent.co published my piece Why You Should Offer your Kids a Mental Health Day in January 2017.
My short story, Wild Ponies, was read by a professional actress on Sine FM as part of National Short Story Week.
I am a Dangerous Woman! Read my post for the Dangerous Woman project here .
My piece ‘Bonus Screws’ was part of the IKEA-themed third podcast from Lies: Dreaming.
My piece ‘A letter to…’ was published in the UK Guardian in 2011. You can’t view it on their website anymore but here is a link to the article on my Facebook page. I also published my piece from The Ropes Journal on my Facebook page here.
I participated in an eleven-date blog tour in the run up to the release of my debut novel, and I continue to guest regularly on blogs. If you’d like me to write a piece for your blog, just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a couple of my guest blog pieces:
Short Pieces in print
‘For All Time‘ was published in the first edition of Frangipani Journal, 2017.
‘My Home Village’ was published in East Lothian Life, Autumn Edition 2016.
‘Empty Nest’ was published in The Ropes journal’s 24th edition.
‘Being the Other‘ is included in the Tyne & Esk Writers Anthology, From the Lighthouse on the top of this pile. Please visit the contact page if you wish to purchase a copy of the book.
A long time ago, ‘The Moon’ was published in an anthology called The Edge, pictured here.