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 new blog, the 200 Year Old House, tackling the joys and sorrows of living in a very old house.

Come back to this page from time to time, because I'll be posting forthcoming book events on here.

My new book, an account of a murder in my family and its aftermath, A Proper Person to be Detained, is due for publication by Saraband in July 2019 although you can pre-order it now. We are already getting enquiries for book festivals and other events, including bookshop events and launches. More information as it comes. I'll provide links as soon as they're available. 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:
21st November: Book Week Scotland, Ayr Carnegie Library. - CANCELLED
May 2020: Boswell Book Festival, date to be announced.