Press and Awards

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing has been named Goldsboro Books August Book of the Month 2019.

The Other Mrs Walker was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017

I was Highly Commended as a Rising Star in the DIVA Literary Awards and shortlisted as a Breakthrough Author in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017. In 2016 I was named an Amazon Rising Star.

I won the Literature Works First Page Prize in 2013 for the opening pages of The Other Mrs Walker and the Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction in 2009 for a novel in progress. I was runner up in the Sceptre Prize 2009 and shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph Novel in a Year 2007. In 2006 I was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writers Award.

My short fiction has been longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. 

In 2019 I featured in the Guardian Review as one of Val McDermid’s ten most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today.

I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from the Edinburgh Festivals talking about foxes in literature – alongside the icon that is Basil Brush. I also spoke to Grant Stott on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show about my new novel, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing.

The Curious Case of Mr Lobban is an article I wrote for Guardian Weekend Magazine in 2016 about those who die with no next of kin.

Here’s an article from that same year about the genesis of, The Other Mrs Walker which featured in Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News. I also appeared in the Sunday Mail Seven Days Magazine, while the opening extract from the novel was featured in The Scotsman The Write Stuff .

I have appeared on BBC Radio Scotland‘s Winter Weekend and the Janice Forsyth Show, in addition to discussing all things indigent funerals on Sunday Morning With… Richard Holloway.

In 2017 I did an exclusive Q&A for Waterstones and featured in the Top Shop blog. 

In 2016 Portobello Book Blog made me their Author in the Spotlight, I chatted to Liz Loves Books about crime fiction, and spoke about my writing process to There’s Been A Murder.

Stellar Quines Theatre Company made me their Quine of the Month in April 2016, looking at female writers and the various jobs I have done over the years. I also wrote about Point of View for Books by Women.