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Today on Celebrating Indie Publishing I am delighted to share my thoughts of a book that was published by No Exit Press  in celebration of ten years of crime fiction at CrimeFest, the international crime fiction festival.




Twenty superb new crime stories have been commissioned specially to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Crimefest, described by The Guardian as ‘one of the fifty best festivals in the world’.

A star-studded international group of authors has come together in crime writing harmony to provide a killer cocktail for noir fans; salutary tales of gangster etiquette and pitfalls, clever takes on the locked-room genre, chilling wrong-footers from the deceptively peaceful suburbs, intriguing accounts of tables being turned on hapless private eyes, delicious slices of jet black nordic noir, culminating in a stunning example of bleak amorality from crime writing doyenne Maj Sjowall.
The contributors to Ten Year Stretch are: Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zoe Sharp, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Maj Sjowall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor.

The foreword is by international bestselling thriller writer Peter James. The editors are Martin Edwards, responsible for many award-winning anthologies, and Adrian Muller, CrimeFest co-founder.

All Royalties are donated to the RNIB Talking Books Library.

My Thoughts & Review:

I utterly love books like this, anthologies introduce readers to new writers and give them a glimpse into the minds of some very talented authors who can cast a literary spell on their audience in a few pages. This one in particular features some of the top crime fiction writers such as John Harvey, Ann Cleeves, Michael Stanley, Caro Ramsey and Ian Rankin to name but a few.  I have to admit there are names on this list that I’ve heard of but not actually read anything by so it was a great delight to be caught up in their worlds and discover some thrilling reads that had me on the edge of my seat from the opening lines.

I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of Ten Year Stretch from the folks at No Exit Press and when it arrived I opted to flick through it at random, stopping entirely by chance at a story to read.  I was soon immersed in a world of intrigue and held utterly captive by the writing of Kate Ellis in Crime Scene.  This was such a thrilling and exciting story that had me guessing throughout.  I loved that so much detail and atmosphere was was tightly woven into such a few pages, the writing crisp and taut, the characterisation absolutely on point.

Strangers in a Pub by Martin Edwards was another story that grabbed my attention, brilliantly plotted and fascinating reading!  The thing I loved most about this story was the “what if” moment that it planted in my head … what if things had worked out differently in this story, how vastly different this story would have worked out, how things were down to chance.  There’s just something so brilliant about a piece of writing that can get your mind spiraling and thinking along with the story.
Fans of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus will be delighted to know that Inside the Box features the much loved detective in his usual ill-tempered and sarcastic mode.

There are so many fantastic stories in here, some of them I would absolutely love to see expanded into a full length novel.
The skill it takes to write a short story awes me, to grab a reader so tightly with a story that lasts a few pages is amazing and it’s fair to say that each of the writers here have done just this.

What a spectacular way to celebrate a decade of crime fiction at CrimeFest, and even if you can’t make it to the festival this weekend in Bristol, don’t let that stop you picking up a copy of this excellent anthology!

You can buy a copy of Ten Year Stretch via:

Amazon UK
Book Depository
No Exit Press (Publisher)


My thanks to Katherine at No Exit Press for my copy of Ten Year Stretch and for being part of Celebrating Indie Publishing!


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** My thanks to the lovely Alison for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for publication of her book **



A missing girl.
Threatening notes.
Sinister strangers.
Olivia’s idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she’d managed to escape the past, but it’s coming back to haunt her.
Has somebody discovered her secret – why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?
What is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?
A story of the shadows of the past, the uncertainties of the present and how you can never really know anybody.

My Thoughts & Review:

There are books that you start reading and hate to put down, and then there are the books that that you will read whilst cooking supper and risk burning everything because you are totally entranced by the story.

This is a tense and clever thriller that leeches a menacing chill, and that’s not just from the crisp vivid Swiss setting.
Olivia on the face of things seems to have it all, the perfect family, the perfect home, but the appearance of a sinister note on day starts a catastrophic spiral that leaves her feeling like she’s lost control of her life.  The note hints that someone knows about her past, knows the real reason she left Scotland a decade ago, and Olivia cannot bear to face that.  If this wasn’t enough, the safety of her Swiss mountain is challenged when a young girl goes missing, Sandra,  is the best friend of her young daughter which makes Olivia feel so much more connected to the disappearance.

The way that Alison Baillie writes about Olivia’s emotions makes them so tangible, as a mother I could appreciate how our main character wanted to protect her children, no matter their age, from the dangers of the world.  I could sympathise with the way that she was distressed at Sandra’s disappearance, and how it left her fraught with anxiety and drove her to be cautious about her children’s travels to and from school etc.  Olivia’s worries about the sinister notes and her past are wonderfully written, readers cannot quite “see” the full details yet, but nonetheless they know that something menacing lurks in the shadows.  And as we get to know Olivia more, we can understand her actions and begin to see how she has ended up in this position.

The tale of Olivia and her life in Switzerland is superbly told along side stories of two other females, Marie and Lucy.  Both Marie and Lucy have their troubles and hardships, and it’s hard not to feel some sympathy towards them when you discover the lives they lead.  Indeed, I found at one point that I was holding my breath in shock at the events as they unfolded in their stories.
Shrewdly, the way that their lives unfolded raised the question of whether it’s nature or nurture that impacts more on a person.

I have to raise my hat to Alison Baillie,  A Fractured Winter really caught me off guard, there were so many different characters that I wanted to suspect, something about them just screamed untrustworthy, shifty or sneaky but I had nothing concrete to back up my suspicions … Baillie ensuring that I could not preempt where she would lead me, before revealing the moment where I gasped in shock and wanted to applaud her.

It’s fair to say that Alison Baillie has firmly taken a place on my list of authors to watch out for, and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!!

You can buy a copy of A Fractured Winter via:

Amazon UK


About the Author:

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Alison was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales by Scottish parents. She studied English at the University of St Andrews, before teaching English in Edinburgh secondary schools and EFL in Finland and Switzerland, where she now lives. She spends her time reading, writing, travelling, playing with her grandchildren and attending crime writing festivals.

A Fractured Winter is available at getbook.at/AFracturedWinter

You can contact her through her website: https://alisonbaillie.com or follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alisonbaillieauthor/ or Twitter @alisonbailliex




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** My thanks to Nikki at Melville House UK for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Twenty-something Holly has moved to Brighton to escape. But now she’s here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway… How is she supposed to fill the void her boyfriend left when he died, leaving her behind?

She had thought she’d want to be on her own, but when she meets Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss, the tide begins to shift. A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book about the humdrum and extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.


My Thoughts & Review:

Sometimes a step away from my usual crime reads is just what I need to refresh and reset.  And sometimes, the step away can be so rewarding as it opens my eyes to some of the greatest reads that I’ve ever stumbled upon.

Let Me Be Like Water is quite a special book, it’s profoundly beautiful.  There’s a rawness to the emotion that the author layers throughout her writing, Holly’s grief is incredibly moving and at times not the easiest to read.  Her heartache over the loss of her boyfriend is so visceral, the loss of his love, his friendship, their shared moments are all hauntingly real.    The struggles to get to a place of “ok” in her mind means that Holly has to rebuild herself, find a way to live without the physical presence of the man she loves but still keep the memories of him alive, and so she moves from London to Brighton.

The metaphor of water in the writing is powerful and mesmerising.  Water has the power to be many things;  it’s a vital resource to keep us alive and yet it can be so dangerous, it can be calming but it can also be turbulent and the way that it flows into Holly’s life is somewhat poetic.  Sitting beside the sea gives Holly a chance to reflect on things, it’s a place that she can go to lose herself in her thoughts and it’s here that life takes on a new meaning.  Meeting Frank and Harris gives Holly something she didn’t know she needed at that moment.  Frank is a retired magician, and a character that I felt so much appreciation for, we need more people like Frank in this world.  He’s almost like a collector of lost souls, the troubled, the hurt, the weary somehow find him, he in turn introducing these souls to others to form some wonderful bonds.  The friendships between the characters in Let Me Be Like Water are ones of great strength and understanding.  No one asks too much of another, each offers support in any way they can and share the love of books and food.  The characterisation is superb, the flawed and damaged cast are so human and realistic, it’s not hard to imagine these people in every walk of life.  Each has a pain or suffering that they’ve learnt to live with, and the way they accept and support each other makes for truly wonderful reading.

Such a moving exploration of loss, that honestly left me feeling so awed.  The way that friendship reaches into the hearts of the characters and redeems them, gives them a liferaft to cling onto and gives them hope makes this such a beautiful and emotive read and one that I cannot recommend highly enough.

You can buy a copy of Let Me Be Like Water via:

Amazon UK
Melville House (publisher)

About the Author:


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I’m Sarah, and I’m a fiction writer and poet from Croydon. My first novel, Let Me Be Like Water, was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Award and will be published by Melville House in May.

I run creative writing projects that develop emotional literacy, and explore mental health, memory, and healing from violence. I’m interested in multi-lingual literature and translation, and how different languages live and are used in cities. I was the Cityread Young Writer in Residence in Soho in 2014 and I qualified on the Spoken Word Education Programme the following year.

I’m involved in mentoring young poets’ collectives in Hackney, Glasgow, and Tegucigalpa, and I live in South London.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://sk-perry.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_sarah_perry

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Today I am delighted to share a review of a book that’s the second in a series that I discovered by chance last year.  Rose Gold is the follow up to Blue Gold which I reviewed back in May 2017 and follows on the story of Sim Atkins in a futuristic Earth where water has become a resource to go to war over, a mining base has been set up on the moon.

Rose Gold was published by Urbane Publications on 10th May 2018 and is available to purchase now.

Book Feature:



Rose Gold is the thrilling sequel to the bestselling Blue Gold.


In the aftermath of a world war for water, geopolitical tensions remain high and terrorism is a daily fact of life in the 2030s. But a mining base on the moon offers a rare example of international co-operation and a possible solution to the world’s energy problems. Yet not everyone on Earth is keen for this endeavour to succeed…

Sim Atkins and his wife are desperate to start a family. But a shocking message from the moon base tells Sim that he is already a father and that his son’s life is in danger. The mining station is full of suspects and, worse, the woman who fathered his child. Can Sim rescue his son and save his marriage?

Gopal and Rabten – the Gurkha and monk who helped Sim on his last assignment – are on the trail of terrorists and a giant airship. What the agents discover in the cargo hold makes Sim’s mission even more vital. When they get trapped, Freda Brightwell – Sim’s old partner in Overseas Division – is called out of retirement for one more mission.

Once again, corporate greed threatens the lives of millions. Overseas Divisions finest are back at the sharp end. And this time, the stakes are far more personal.

My Thoughts & Review:

When I found out that book two of this series was available to read early I jumped at the chance.  David Barker had cruelly included an extract of this book at the back of Blue Gold that had me desperate to find out what happened next for the main character Sim and I really, really needed to know where this series was going to go next after the shocking revelations uncovered.  Thankfully this book didn’t disappoint and I soon found that once I was curled up with this book I quickly shut off from the outside world around me and was fully immersed in the thrilling action that took place on the pages.

For those who have read Blue Gold, this is a continuation of the series and goes on to give a glimpse into Sim’s life upon his return to North Scotland, before he’s pulled back into the clutches of a government department that urgently needs his help.
I guess you could maybe read this without having read the previous book, there is detail given as to who people are, the backstories between them to give readers a grounding of how things are connected, but I do think that this series works best as read in order.

This is an intelligently written novel that oozes detail and tension.  The plotting is superb, and pace is perfectly matched to the storyline.  There is an underlying menace keeps the pace of this punchy and sharp, and like the main character, readers don’t quite know who is behind the dangerous plot that threatens the lives of many.
It was nice to see the reappearance of Frida Brightwell after her retirement from active duty.  Such a strong character that I loved meeting in the first book, although I did miss her movie quotes, it was entertaining to see her TV series recommendation to Sim in light of his mission to the moon.  Seeing her back in action when she goes to rescue Gopal and Rabten when their mission goes wrong is thrilling and ultimately one of my favourite parts of the book, and I really can’t wait to see what happens in the third book!

Now the impatient wait for the next instalment ….


You can buy a copy of Rose Gold via:

Amazon UK


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David was born in Cheshire but now lives in Berkshire. He is married to an author of children’s picture books, with a daughter who loves stories. His working life has been spent in the City, first for the Bank of England and now as Chief Economist for an international fund. So his job entails trying to predict the future all the time. David’s writing ambitions received a major boost after he attended the Faber Academy six-month course in 2014 and he still meets up with his inspirational fellow students. He loves reading, especially adventure stories, sci-fi and military history. Outside of family life, his other interests include tennis, golf and surfing. Rose Gold, sequel to Blue Gold, publishes spring 2018.

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To celebrate the paperback publication of this book I’m sharing my review again and the lovely folks at Elliott & Thompson have kindly offered a copy of the book as a giveaway prize!

Leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning! Open tonuK entries only, prize will be sent directly from publisher’s office. Giveaway closes at 1pm tomorrow (Friday 11th May) & my mini bookworm will pick a name out of the hat.

Good luck!

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Hello and happy Friday!  And you all know what Friday brings, yes,  its time to share another post to celebrate Indie Publishing and this time it’s Elliott & Thompson in the spotlight!   Today I have a review of “Travellers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People” by Julia Boyd.


51mbfhggp3l-_sx335_bo1204203200_Without the benefit of hindsight, how do you interpret what’s right in front of your eyes?

The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt – of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust?

Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand…

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Today I am delighted to share a guest post with you by the awesome Leigh Russell for the blog tour for the publication of her new thriller The Adulterer’s Wife.

The Adulterer’s Wife was published by Bloodhound Books on 7th May 2018.

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Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse – until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed. 

When the police establish he was murdered, Julie is the obvious suspect. 

To protect her son from the terrible situation, Julie sends the teenage boy to his grandparents in Edinburgh while she fights to prove her innocence. 

With all the evidence pointing to her, the only way she can escape conviction is by discovering the true identity of her husband’s killer. 

But who really did murder Paul? 

The truth is never straightforward…

You can buy a copy of The Adulterer’s Wife via Amazon UK




So far in my writing career, I must have killed about sixty or seventy characters, at a conservative estimate. That’s a lot of murders plotted and executed on the pages of my books. Although my killers and their victims are only fictional characters, while I’m writing about them they have to give an impression of reality, or they wouldn’t seem credible to my readers. As a writer, I don’t want to be on the outside looking in on my scenes, I want to be there, listening to my characters talking to each other, watching their actions, and taking my readers there with me. The illusion has to be convincingly created for the writer as well as the reader.

In one of my first interviews, I said that my killer crawled off my pen onto the page. I had no idea where he came from. Fast forward to today, and I might say that he slid from my keyboard onto my screen. But the process is basically the same, and equally mysterious. Someone once questioned how a kindly old lady like the late wonderful PD James could create such monstrous characters. I have to confess, I was hugely gratified when an interviewer made the same remark about me. I may create vicious villains, but I’d be mortified to think that anyone might believe I would be capable of causing physical harm to another creature (excluding wasps and ants inside my house.)

Although it’s a serious question, it’s one I’ve tended to avoid answering, as I’m not sure I really want to think about it too deeply. Marcel Berlins, in The Times, described my writing as ‘psychologically acute’, and I seem to be able to walk around inside other people’s heads. In some way, my characters are imaginative extensions of my own humanity. But where do the thoughts come from when Im writing from inside the head of my killers? As my characters originate somewhere inside my own mind, I’m not sure I really want to know…

Do all the killers springing from my imagination mean that I have the capacity to become some kind of ruthless psychopath? The honest answer is that it’s unlikely. I’m certainly empathetic, moved and disturbed by the idea of suffering and death, besides which, I’m the last person you would want to have around in a medical emergency. I’m quite squeamish about blood, and panic if anyone is accidentally injured. I would be the world’s worst nurse. Yet I manage to write about people being stabbed, shot, hung, drowned, poisoned… my books cover every possible style of fatality, and I’ve certainly created characters who are far from horrified by the sight of blood, to put it mildly. 

Leaving aside those working in the medical profession, luckily I’m not unusual in my responses. People who are not horrified by their fellow human beings’ suffering and death are thankfully rare. We abhor such desperate experience in real life. So what drives us to read and write about violent death? How can we find it a source of entertainment? I’ve lost count of the number of people who tell me ‘I love a good murder!’ And it’s well known that crime writers are among the most humane people you could wish to meet.

Scenarios that would be intolerable in reality become open to exploration in fiction. Unless you visit the dark places in your mind, you cant really write about them well. So I spend a lot of my writing time thinking about the dead and the grieving people left behind. With all this killing, I do have my limits. I would never harm or kill a child in one of my books, or include a rape other than from a distance. As a mother of daughters, and a grandmother, these are areas I really don’t want to visit in my imagination. We each have our own limits within which crime writers are all exploring the darker aspects of human nature.

But of course there is more to most crime fiction than an exploration of our capacity for violence and cruelty, and the popularity of the genre isn’t based on descriptions of blood and gore. Crime writers examine the conflict between good and evil, with morally decent characters standing up against those who commit the most terrible atrocities. The more vicious the bad guys are, the more intense the conflict becomes, and the more invested the reader is in seeing the villains caught.

All literature revolves around tension of some kind. Without it, stories would lack any direction or satisfactory resolution. Whether a book is a romance, with readers rooting for two characters to connect, or a crime thriller, where the reader is trying to work out the identity of the killer and see him apprehended, narrative is by definition rarely static. The term ‘page turner’ reflects the fast pace of most modern crime thrillers. And the tension between good and bad characters is heightened when the lives of good characters are taken or threatened

Nevertheless, because this is fiction, the good characters haves to win their battles against the evil villains. As Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.’ Of course in crime fiction not all the good characters can live happily ever after, as innocent victims are prematurely and violently killed. Their lives are unjustly cut short, and the characters who knew and loved them will never fully recover from their loss. But the villains are always apprehended and stopped, and moral order is restored with their containment at the end of the book.

Unlike thrillers which tend to deal with international affairs, crime fiction plumbs the depths of human nature rather than the breadth of human experience. Like diving into the ocean, the deeper you go the darker it becomes.


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** My thanks to Sam at Penguin Random House for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



In 1986, news that East-West nuclear-arms negotiations are taking place lead many to believe the Cold War may finally be thawing.

For British intelligence officer Major Tom Fox, however, it is business as usual.

Ordered to arrange the smooth repatriation of a defector, Fox is smuggled into East Berlin. But it soon becomes clear that there is more to this than an old man wishing to return home to die – a fact cruelly confirmed when Fox’s mission is fatally compromised.

Trapped in East Berlin, hunted by an army of Stasi agents and wanted for murder by those on both sides of the Wall, Fox must somehow elude capture and get out alive.

But to do so he must discover who sabotaged his mission and why…

Nightfall Berlin is a tense, atmospheric and breathtaking thriller that drops you deep into the icy heard of the Cold War.


My Thoughts & Review:

I love a cold war thriller and when I read the description of this book it ticked all the right boxes for me.  Nightfall Berlin is billed as an atmospheric and tense thriller and I completely agree, there were moments when reading this that I was on the edge of my seat, moments when I held my breath in anticipation of what lay ahead and a worrying niggle of dread worming its way round my gut.

With a wonderfully clever plot, this book takes readers on an exceptional journey through a very tense time setting.  The notion of secrets and mistrust creates a dangerous shadow that lurks throughout this book, which characters can be trusted, are their motives purely self serving or have they got sinister ideals to unleash on the unsuspecting audience……

In Major Tom Fox we have a character who is proven to be resourceful and a time served spook.  His previous missions are alluded to throughout the plot, giving readers a wonderful insight into the depths of undercover work that he has undertaken and the extreme dangers that he has faced.  But more importantly, we are given a glimpse into the man behind the intelligence role.  His love of his family drives him, his connection with his son is wonderful to read about, his determination to be a better father for his son makes him endearing.  The complexity of this character and the mission he has undertaken are superbly matched, nothing is as it seems and certainly keeps readers wondering how the tangles will unravel.

The intensity of the plot makes this such a powerful and thrilling read, the writing is intelligent and exudes a such a chill that really gets under your skin.

You can buy a copy of Nightfall Berlin via:

Amazon UK

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It’s always lovely to have an author stop by to help celebrate indie publishing, and I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome along the lovely Anne Stormont today.  Anne has published two adult novels under her own name and one children’s novel under the name of Anne McAlpine.

Author Feature:

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Anne Stormont writes contemporary women’s fiction. So far she has published two novels Change of Life and Displacement. She is currently working on a sequel to Displacement which will be out in 2018. She has also written a children’s novel called The Silver Locket published under the name of Anne McAlpine.

Anne is a Scot and she has recently moved from the Isle of Skye to the Scottish Borders. She has travelled the world and has visited every continent except Antarctica –where considering her penchant for penguins she really must go. Anne was a primary school teacher for 36 years and is also a wife, mum and grandma.

She is a subversive old bat but maintains a kind heart.


What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

There’s a lot that I like about being an author, but probably my favourite thing is getting to spend time with my characters and discovering where they’re going to take me.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?  

I find writing the synopsis, which is a one page summary of the entire book, quite a challenge. And writing the backcover blurb is even harder. Trying to reduce ninety thousand words down to about 150 with no spoilers and plenty of hooks is definitely my least favourite thing.

If you could have written any book what would it be and why?

Coming up with just one is making my brain hurt, but I think I would have to go with Unless by Carol Shields. To me it was the perfect novel – so beautifully written in a calm understated style and with brilliantly drawn characters and a poignant storyline. It was published in 2002 and sadly it was the author’s final novel as she died shortly afterwards. It is written in the first person – something I like to do in my own novels and its themes are still relevant today – not least the often hidden role of women in society.

How do you spend your time when you’re not wrapped up plotting your next book?

I go walking a lot – I aim for a daily 2 to 3 miles and regularly do longer walks. I like how walking frees my mind to go rambling too. I also do yoga – great for mind and body. I also like gardening in my spare time and of course reading. I LOVE reading.

Do you have a set routine for writing?  Rituals you have to observe? I.e. specific pen, silence, day or night etc.

In many respects, I’m a creature of routine, but for many years I had to combine my writing with a full time teaching job so I learned to write whenever the opportunity arose. And even now I’m no longer teaching, I don’t have a rigid routine. But I have fallen into a bit of a pattern which is to attend to blog posts, marketing and the general business side of the writing job in the mornings, and to work on the actual writing in the afternoon and early evening.

What’s on the horizon?  What can your fans look forward to next?

My next novel is due out in the summer. It’s called Settlement and although it’s a sequel to my previous novel Displacement, it can be read as a standalone. It’s currently with my editor and I’m bracing myself for the inevitable rewrites. Meanwhile I’m sketching out the third and final book of the series, and flirting with ideas for a second children’s novel. The children’s novel will feature the same three friends as the first one which is called The Silver Locket and which I wrote using my alter-ego name of Anne McAlpine.

Finally, if you could impart one pearl of wisdom to your readers, what would it be?

It would have to be ‘seize the day’. I’m a cancer survivor and it took my brush with mortality to waken me up to the fact that life is finite. It was the deal I did with fate – if I survive this illness, I will stop procrastinating and take my writing seriously – and I kept my side of the deal. So, if you have a dream, go for it now, because now is all any of us have.


Can you tell me a little about your latest book?  How would you describe it and why should we go read it?

My latest book is the above-mentioned Displacement. It’s contemporary fiction and is available as a paperback and as an ebook. And here’s a little bit about what to expect if you read it:

A story of love, courage and hope

Divorce, the death of her soldier son and estrangement from her daughter, leave Hebridean crofter, Rachel Campbell, grief stricken, lonely and lost. 

Forced retirement due to a heart condition leaves former Edinburgh policeman Jack Baxter needing to take stock and find a new direction for his life.

When the two of them meet in dramatic circumstances on a wild winter’s night on the island of Skye, a mutually supportive friendship develops between them, despite their very different personalities.

But with Rachel due to be in the Middle East for several months and Jack already in a relationship, it seems unlikely they’ll get the chance to take their relationship any further – much as they might want to.

Set against the contrasting and dramatic backdrops of the Scottish island of Skye and the contested country of Israel-Palestine, this book tells a story of love, home and heritage and what happens when these are threatened at a political and a personal level.

Amazon Links for Displacement:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Social Media Links:

Author websites: Anne Stormont and Anne McAlpine

Facebook Author pages: Anne Stormont and Anne McAlpine




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