I grew up in Lockerbie, a small town in the south of Scotland. Although I loved reading and telling stories, I never thought of being a writer. Most of the books in our bookcases were by people like Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens – people who were dead. Being an author didn’t seem like a healthy occupation.
So, when I went to the University of Edinburgh, I studied biology and genetics.
It was only after I came to live in Oregon that I took up writing. At first I wrote about insects and plants (write about what you know), but then I discovered – or re-discovered – that you can just “make it up” and I started writing fiction, mostly drawing on my Scottish background. I’ve now gone the full circle and am back to writing nonfiction.
I sometimes hear from people who read my out-of-print time-slip and historical novels as children and would like to share them with their children. So I plan to bring them out as e-books. For me, re-visiting these early books is a bit like going through a time-slip myself. They belong to the pre-computer age, so I’m having to retype them into a digital format. I’ve launched In the Keep of Time and In the Circle of Time. Stay tuned for new titles as I complete them!
My eBooks are available for the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & the Noble Nook In addition they can be purchased through the Apple Store for iPad, the Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, and eBookPie.
April 5, 2013