photo-goatimagesBorn in Falkirk, I spent my childhood and most of my adult years in Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

But after watching one too many episodes of Escape to the Country, I moved to a three hundred year old cottage in a small rural village in North Lanarkshire to live with my husband.

I have two grown-up sons but I have filled my empty nest with a dog, two pygmy goats, a peacock, two penhens and an ever-changing number of chickens.

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 working with senior pupils.