I was born on Islay. My family moved to the mainland when I was seven and I grew up in Castle Douglas in south west Scotland.
I worked for ten years with Oxfam in Lancashire, fundraising and campaigning on development issues. The next ten years were spent first in Pakistan, then Afghanistan, where I worked for a small health organisation primarily concerned with leprosy and mother and childcare. My experiences living in those countries inform much of my writing.
I returned to Castle Douglas when my son was five years old so he could have somewhere to put down his own roots.
I have always written. As a child I wrote adventure stories in my own books made from wallpaper off-cuts and as a teenager I wrote very bad love poetry. For most of my life I’ve kept a journal. While still working in Afghanistan I…
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