Gwen Kirkwood


I have written 17 sagas and six light romances. Eventually I hope to upload most of them to the internet.
I have been a member of the Romantic Novelists Association for many years and won the Elizabeth Gouge trophy when it was resurrected in the year 2000. I participate in several email groups for writers, including Writers Scotland. I am on Facebook and Linkedin but confess I am not very active. Usually most of my time at the computer is spent writing fiction. I have a blog at where you cans see more details of my life and books.

My website is at
I live in Scotland UK but I went to school in Yorkshire and college in Lancashire. My background is in dairy farming and Scottish farming is the background in most of my novels.

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Fairlyden at War
Series: Fairlyden, book 4. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 148,850. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Kirsty Fairly is proud of her parents'preservation of Fairlyden after 1914-18 war but her brother's fear of animals causes a tragedy. She feels deserted by James MacFarlane when he joins the rival Nithanvale herd belonging to his great-uncle. It takes all her hard work and sense of humour and kindness to cope when evacuees arrive and corrupt officials threaten to evict her.
The Family at Fairlyden
Series: Fairlyden, book 3. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 135,140. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Beth Jamieson and Logan Fairly grow up together but jealous Sadie Fairly will stop at nothing to come between them. Only the demands of war can do that. Logan reluctantly leaves his sweetheart and Fairlyden to fight in France. Sarah Fairly struggles to hold her family and farm together. Beth works hard but Sadie uses her name to meet German POW. Can Beth survive the heartbreak and gossip caused.
Lonely is the Valley
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,090. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Ceri Owen loves Tronfydd, - her home high in the Welsh valley. She is accustomed to life in the small community and expects to marry her childhood friend and hero. Her life takes an unexpected turn after her grandfather’s death. She agrees to a business arrangement with Mark Mackay,which involves being married to him for a year, but can she cope with the devious Stella back in Scotland?
Mistress of Fairlyden
Series: Fairlyden, book 2. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 151,480. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Sarah Fairly is happily married but defies her husband and goes alone to Muircumwell Mill to share news of her pregancy with Beatrice, her childhood friend. The consequences are dreadful. She learns a secret which haunts her for years. When her husband's business partner dies his attractive widow presents another problem for Sarah and her family. She turns to Crispin Bradshaw for help and comfort.
Series: Fairlyden, book 1. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 134,410. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Mattie Cameron is young, deaf and pretty. Sandy Logan loves her and vows to marry her when she is of age, but The Laird intends to use her to buy the silence of Jacob Reevil, who covets the Cameron farm – and Mattie. When Sandy finds himself facing a trumped up murder charge he and Mattie flee during the night. They find refuge at the derelict farm of Fairlyden with cripple, Daniel Munro
The Laird of Lochvinnie
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,420. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Robin Kelly travels to Scotland expecting to assist an elderly gentleman but she finds Callum McNeil, young, eligible, blind and bitter. Robin has a tragedy in her past and calls for Roger in a nightmare. His widow misleads Callum re Robin's relationship with her husband, fuelling his frustration. Leila Gunn wants to be Mistress of Lochvinnie and seizes a chance to offer him solace.
The Wary Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,580. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Jan Carron goes to Shamlee, to care for her sister's twins while Chris and Tom go to America. On the train she meets Tim Greig, the local vet. To her consternation she learns Mike Maxwell has returned to Shamlee. He disapproves of Jan's friendship with Tim, yet he shares a bond with Angela McCall, whose son bears a resemblance to him, and to Jan's own son.
Written on the Wind
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,690. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Sheana Lyon has made personal sacrifices to hold together her remaining family, including her young brother. She is determined to make their small Scottish farm into a viable business but a new neigbour arrives with a hidden agenda which threatens Sheana, as well as the local community. She prepares to fight whatever the cost to herself.
A New Beginning
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,540. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Normally quiet and restrained Veronica Kennedy has had a trying day after vandals targeted her van so sparks fly when she first meets the taciturn Simon Cole. Fate has dealt them both a cruel blow but it is fate which slowly draws them together. Without realising it their feelings towards each other begin to change. .
The Silver Link - The Silken Tie
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,010. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
A short novel set on a sheep farm in the Scottish Borders, where past feuds are still remembered. It is full of intrigue and romance.

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  • Night Watcher on April 29, 2011
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    The Night Watcher, 29 April 2011 By Gwen Kirkwood – Dumfries. The Night Watcher has arrived in the city of Dundee ahead of Julie Chalmers and he has already chosen his next victim. He has a terrifying conviction that he is right in his pursuit, but this is not the first murder he has committed. A gripping story about people who appear quite normal, that is until you discover some of them have chillingly darker depths, demanding your attention and an urge to uncover the facts. Julie has been told of her estranged husband’s death. In her own mind she is convinced there is only one person to blame and she is determined to seek revenge so she moves into the flat above the one where he died and sets out to pursue and punish her. Chris Longmuir is a prize winning author and an expert at creating the sort of atmosphere to send shivers down your spine as you follow Julie on her journey around the city. Too late the detective in charge realises he has made a grave error. Could Julie herself become a victim of The Night Watcher? Enjoy trying to figure out the twists and turns of Longmuir’s clever plotting, but be prepared for a final surprise
  • A Salt Splashed Cradle on June 18, 2011

    Review by: GWEN KIRKWOOD on Jun. 18, 2011 : (Remove) Apart from the attention gripping storyline the aspects of this novel which drew me in were Chris Longmuir's descriptions and her creation of atmosphere, almost making me believe I was on the whaling ship, sharing the fear and excitment, climbing up, far above the heaving waves. I could almost feel the stifling heat of the small fishermen's cottage and see the young woman sharing the box bed with her mother-in-law. No privacy at the birth of her child. Early on we feel the tensions of a stranger who does not fit into the close knit community, but whose beauty attracts too much attention from the son of the laird as well as those closer to home. The novel also captures the complex emotions and tensions between a young mother and her child, and Belle and her mother-in-law. A good story and a slice of history.