I live with my artist husband, Alan Lees, in a 200 year old country cottage, in the beautiful Scottish lowlands. I write historical and contemporary fiction and non fiction, but I also deal in antiques, from a couple of online stores, both called The 200 Year Old House. I mainly sell the gorgeous old textiles that often find their way into my fiction. I'm a keen gardener and I love my work, my house, and my village.

This blog is mostly about my writing life, with my lifestyle blog, the 200 Year Old House, tackling the joys and sorrows of living in a very old house.

My new book, an account of a murder in my family and its aftermath, A Proper Person to be Detained, was published by Saraband in July 2019. If you'd like me to speak at your event or festival, you can contact me through this blog, or via my publisher, Saraband. 

Please check out my Requesting an Event page for more details.

Forthcoming events:
May 2020: Boswell Book Festival, date to be announced.