Hi there! Since it’s been a while since I posted about my books, I thought I’d remind you they are available and tell you a bit about them, individually as well as collectively, in the hopes there might be one or two you’d like to read.
And please, don’t worry about being peppered with requests to ‘buy my books’. I have a very poor record when it comes to marketing and promoting them.
So far, all twelve of my published novels are set in Scotland, where I live, mostly in Edinburgh, where I don’t live – but do live close by, and also in other parts of Scotland, depending where any particular story takes me.
The first novel I’d like to talk about is the first of my novels to make it all the way through writing and rewriting, editing and reediting, to publication.
It’s called Family Matters and is about, surprise, surprise, a family who live in Edinburgh, and about how much family matters to the individual members of it, both the nuclear family and the extended one. It is a novel that deals with grief, loyalty, love and acceptance. Although it begins with a funeral and deals with its aftermath, this is a novel of hope and recovery as well as a putting of things to rights.
Sarah’s husband, Tom, disappeared without trace eleven years ago.
Now her son, David, has died. Tom appears at David’s funeral and tries to reestablish contact, which Sarah refuses but Kate, her daughter, accepts.
The growing closeness between Kate and her father worries Sarah because she believes that Tom is dishonest and unreliable.
Then Sarah finds David’s diary and follows the steps he took when he was searching for Tom.
It becomes a journey of self-discovery: what she uncovers forces Sarah to reassess her view of herself, her origins and her certainties.
A relationship novel, but also a detection novel with a difference, this story traces a woman’s drive to uncover and understand the truth about a family she thought she knew – her own.
Everything in this novel takes place in and near Edinburgh. It’s where the family live and work, and it’s where the action takes place. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, a city of interesting architecture, fascinating history, wonderful museums and art galleries, and great shops, but like any city, it has its less than savoury underbelly and its less than savoury inhabitants, as Sarah discovers during her search.
If you have read or choose to read it now, I’d really love if you would share your thoughts in the comments. I’ve never sought for my books to make me rich and famous, but I do love to share them in the hope they can entertain and even help their readers cope with life in general. My reward comes from the positive feedback they have generated over the years.
Thank you and Enjoy!