The Second Life Book Club with me and Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay (author of the brilliant The Animals in That Country) and I recently appeared on the Second Life Book Club, with Draxtor. The set was an incredible floating cloud. Laura was an orca and I was a Bowie-hawk. We talked animals, minds being invaded, taking years to write a novel, 'method' writing, genre … Continue reading The Second Life Book Club with me and Laura Jean McKay

Saltire First Book Award shortlist and freelance editing

It's been a golden, packed few weeks: panels and workshops (and whisky) at the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival in Cygnet, Tasmania; teaching a gorgeous group of writers in my Faber Academy class on 'how to edit your own writing'; finishing my full time job in publishing (bittersweet!); and being shortlisted in Scotland's prestigious … Continue reading Saltire First Book Award shortlist and freelance editing

Readings Prize shortlist and A Superior Spectre out now in the UK

I've just returned from a wonderful UK mini-tour for A Superior Spectre, which is now released there by Saraband. My first reviews, in the Daily Mail and The Herald Scotland (both linked here), have been positive, thankfully, and I'm still processing all the events, and the people I met and hung out with along the way. The Edinburgh International … Continue reading Readings Prize shortlist and A Superior Spectre out now in the UK