Born in Falkirk, I spent my childhood and most of my adult years in Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire, the area I set my debut novel, Talk of the Toun.

I have seven grandchildren who I hope will grow up to be avid readers like their granny. I’m an animal lover and shoe addict. I also enjoy art, nature, walking and travel.

As well as being a writer, I also work in schools across Scotland as a literacy consultant with The Learning Zoo delivering training to teachers in the Reflective Reading programme and I was a Scottish Book Trust writer-in-residence at Levenmouth Academy in Fife.