What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
What gives anyone the right to write? I don’t think that it’s vital to have some great long pedigree that legitimates the writing process. Anybody and everybody should try writing because every single person has a story to tell. In some ways, the more ordinary the life; the more fascinating the story will be because people are also varied and struggle through life any way they can manage.
I’d wanted to write for a long time and I read constantly, everything and anything. I just couldn’t find my writer’s voice until I decided to try writing short crime stories. I knew I wanted to use the Scottish settings that I know so well but thinking up crimes that affect ordinary people suddenly gave me the inspiration to start writing.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I probably don’t write as much as I’d like to, mainly writing in big splurges when I’m on holiday. During term-time (I’m a teacher), my head is just too full of arrangements and plans to settle to writing but then suddenly I come home one night and just write like mad and I find that very cathartic. Writing takes me away from real life and hours can pass as I live in the shoes of my characters, working out what’s happening to them, how they will react and what they will say.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Crime is most definitely my genre but that comes alongside a good dose of silly and dark humour. I don’t think I can do serious and I always find myself putting my characters into ridiculous situations based on snatches of conversation that I pick up on as I walk down the street or as I push my trolley around the supermarket.
What draws you to write in that genre?
Writing crime stories opens up so many possibilities to write about and how people react when they are pushed to the limits when something unexpected happens to them is incredibly interesting. I also like to think about why people break the law and what the thought processes are that make them walk down that path in life.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
My current project is called ‘Home For A Dead Dog’ – this is just a working title…I think. The story is about two very stupid petty criminals and what they get up to when they, just by chance, find that they have stolen a hoard of very valuable silver antiques. They get caught up in a much bigger criminal scene and find that they are very much out of their depths. It’s full of humour (I hope) and entertaining characters.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I just want to keep writing because I enjoy doing it. It’s fabulous when people read what I’ve written and give me feedback, but mostly, I write because I want to and if people like it, even better.
Where can people find out more about you?
I have a busy blog where I recommend any book that I’ve enjoyed and do a few posts about my own writing. You might want to try out my short story collections, ‘Kick It Together’ and ‘Kick It with Conviction’ or why not give ‘The Wrong Delivery’ a twirl – lots of fun chasing around in Argyll, Scotland.