Born in Derry, N. Ireland. I trained as a solicitor and have worked in welfare rights, money advice, social research, selling art. I have written all my life. My other e-books include The Years and Deaconsbank. My one print book is Eating Wolves (Dewi Lewis 2003).
Nice Times is a black comedy set in Nice and Glasgow. Two Scottish couples in their early forties go on holiday together. It is the millennium, France still has the franc and Nice promises affordable sun, sea and culture. The holiday brings irrevocable changes to all their lives.
Nice Times was previously published under the title Eating Wolves in paperback by Dewi Lewis in 2003.
“Hidden Histories” is a family saga spanning almost eighty years and set in Ireland, Scotland and England. It is about the impact of political and historic forces on ordinary lives, the interdependence of past and present, exploring how identity is transmitted from one generation to the next. It is also a story of the separation of mothers from their children and of the bonds between them.
When Moira Forrest – a writer of romantic fiction - is found dead from a stab wound in Patsy McCutcheon’s garden in Glasgow’s southern suburbs Detective Inspector Sarah MacLeod and her side-kick Hearst are allocated the task of investigating the murder. Sarah – born and raised on the Isle of Harris and in the Wee Free Church – finds the neighbours to be alienated from the police and the law.
Told in the forceful language of Derry’s streets, The Years is a roller coaster ride down forty years of the town’s history. Francie, released from jail after a long sentence, is trying to come to terms with the changes peace has brought, as well as dealing with what he did – and didn’t – do on Bloody Sunday.
Eleven stories make up this collection. Some are biting satire while others are gentler in tone. From the sectarianism experienced in an Irish childhood to the first elections of the Scottish Parliament the maverick characters have varied lifestyles but the author's voice is consistently her own.