I’m a writer, teacher and occasional filmmaker. I was born in 1980 and grew up in Scotland, England, Germany and Northern Ireland. I studied English Literature at Lancaster University and Film Production at the University of Bristol.
After years working as a camera assistant and then a magazine journalist, I started writing fiction in 2006. My short stories have been published in journals, anthologies and magazines including Dark Mountain, Gutter, Valve, PANK, Fractured West, Fire Crane, Southpaw and Smoke: a London Peculiar, as well as performed by Liars’ League and featured on BBC Radio 6Music. I won the Flashtag short short story slam in 2014, and I’ve written more than a thousand very short stories on Twitter.
My debut novel The Visitors was published by Quercus Books in 2014. It was a Waterstones Scotland book of the month, part of WHS Smith Fresh Talent, joint winner of the Book Box prize and winner of the Guardian Not The Booker prize. There’s a round-up of reviews here which I really need to update at some point.
I live in Cumbria with the painter Monica Metsers and our children, Indy and Dora. I am working on my second novel. It’s taking ages.
I’m represented by the amazing Sue Armstrong, Senior Agent at Conville & Walsh.
If you’d like to know more about me and my stories, here are one or two interviews (and other things) discussing my work.
A Tome On The Range – talking to The Quietus about storytelling, landscapes and being a nomad.
Author Confessions – some brilliant questions from Scottish Book Trust exploring word counts, favourite bookstores and my doppelganger, the godlike genius Ben Folds.
Bloody Scotland Blog Tour – discussing protagonists, place, planning and parapets with Raven Crime Reads.
New Talent November – an interview on Crime Fiction Lover discussing stories, writing and pressure.
My life in… Fiction – discussing my working practice and next novel with Cumbria Life magazine
Coffee, Cake & Crime – an interview with crime blog There’s Been A Murder covering The Visitors, my future projects, the perils of writing from real life and some (gulp) writing advice.
Other People’s Bookshelves #22 – in which I share the contents of my shelves with Simon from Savidge Reads.
Thievery – a guest spot on Kirsty Logan’s regular series of story inspirations, confessing about a novel I abandoned at 50,000 words.
Author Corner at Erindipity – an interview with Erin Britt that looks at The Visitors, traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, different types of stories and my ongoing battle with time, time, time.