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I write novels, short stories, non-fiction and award winning stage plays.
Right now, I'm concentrating on novels more than anything else. I love telling stories and like all writers, I tend to focus on the work I've fallen in love with at the time. I've been well published and produced in the conventional way, but I'm embracing the new technology, and in future you'll find most of my work, old and new, in eBook form. Just follow the links.
I live in a 200 year old cottage in beautiful, rainy, rural Scotland with my artist husband, Alan Lees. Our son lives in Dundee and designs video games. I'm a historian and folklorist as well as a writer, but I also collect and deal in antique textiles which often seem to find their way into my fiction.
“I write because there's nothing else I do that gives me so much pleasure. I try to write the kind of books and stories I love to read. I hope you'll enjoy them too.”
The Curiosity Cabinet
"The casket has raised, heavily embroidered panels. A woman stands breast high amid the growing corn. There are birds and flowers too: long-necked swans and plump seagulls, honeysuckle, wild roses with their centres formed of tiny seed pearls, drooping foxgloves. The embroidery has faded over time but only a little. There is a tall house in grey silk, with fragments of mica for windows."
“The girl coaxed her out of the room and took her down the spiral stairs to the floor below, where, in a cupboard recessed into one of the walls, she saw a great many dresses, shawls and petticoats hanging in sad rows. They were damp and musty, although sweet herbs had been strewn among them to deter the moths and to keep the garments as fresh as the building and the climate would allow.”
The Curiosity Cabinet, Amazon Kindle, 2011