I had the opportunity to participate in two open mics at Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 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 my first podcast! Moira Cormack hosts the PenPixelPrint show, and the interview can be found here.
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. If you’d like to join in, give me a shout via the Contact page. As of mid-May, I’m up to 57 submissions, and have had 39 rejections. Go me!
I have been accepted for the Unst Writer’s Group Anthology! The book is launching in November 2017.
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’ve been asked to help judge a writing competition! See this post for details.
Short Pieces online
I submitted a story about my obsessive need to bake in a crisis for the Scottish Book Trust’s Nourish campaign.
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.
‘The Moon’ was published in an anthology called The Edge, pictured here.