I’ve been dabbling in fiction for a while, but it wasn’t until 2013 that my debut novel was ready to make its way confidently into the world. The Birds That Never Flew was published by Thunderpoint, not too long after the novel was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012 under the working title of The Dandelion Clock.
The novel is written with a strong Glasgow influence and tragically conveys the impact of poverty, drugs and abuse, with the surreal vision of a Glaswegian Virgin Mary acting as guardian angel to the lead character.
After publication it was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize, 2014. Hurrah!
My second novel, Almost, Then, is looking for a home and I hope I can share it with an audience soon. I’m forging ahead with novel number three in the meantime.
A wee family is emerging.