Thanks for dropping by and wanting to know a bit more about me.
I have worked with children, Scottish Gaelic and music in one form or another most of my adult life. Making up stories and songs about toast popping, hand washing and anything else that happens during the day is quite normal for me. I loved my job as a Gaelic Development Officer, which at one time covered an area larger than Belgium. I was paid to drive what is now a large part of the North Coast 500 to visit various communities around the Highlands. Yes it was amazing, and long, long hours.
Blàs of the Highlands started out simply with me taking notes of how the scenery changes each day with the weather. The fictional village of Blàs developed over many years inspired by my involvement with so many highland communites, to say nothing of actually living in one! I loved the characters so much I wanted to write more about them. Blàs, Roots in the Soil, followed with Blàs, Across the Machair due out in 2023. Apart from working on my next English and Grumpa books; I take part in author visits, workshops and monthly Bookbugs around the region. I am registered with the Scottish Book Trust Live Literacy Programme for workshops, school visits and book festivals. I am the secretary Society of Authors, Scotland and a member of ALLI, Alliance of Independent Authors.
My proudest writers moments switch from readers telling me how much they love my stories to when Grumpa agus an Latha Fuaimneach, won Leabhar Na Bliadhna (clann)/Young Gaelic Children's Book of the year 2019 at the Royal National Mod in Glasgow, to making it onto the shortlist of the Gaelic Literacy Awards in 2020.