2017 was a busy year, not least because two of my novels reached publication. Or to be more accurate Love is Another Country, which had been an ebook for several months, became available as a paperback. This story was a departure from my Isle of Bute Mystery series as it’s in the Romantic suspense genre and set near Dumbarton in Scotland. The heroine is a Scottish girl in danger of losing her beloved home and livery stables and the hero is an enigmatic Russian. Initial reaction has been very good, which a relief when you tackle a new genre.
I couldn’t neglect Bute, and the novella Decision Day at Kilmachal came out as a ‘stocking filler’ in time for Christmas. The main character in all the Bute books is Alison Cameron and this time she travels to Bute for a wedding, but nothing works out as planned. What’s more, she has personal problems looming, problems which may be resolved in the next book in the series, due to be available in the autumn of 2018. This cover is a particular favourite of mine, designed by the excellent Mandy Sinclair from a photo I took of the Etterick Smiddy on the way to Ettrick Bay. When I went to Bute to sign copies at the Print Point bookshop, there was snow lying everywhere – something which is rare on the island.
And so on to 2018. There are a number of projects in the pipeline, including a radio play based on the first Isle of Bute novel The House at Ettrick Bay. I’ll be working with the Bute Theatre Company to bring that one to fruition. Then there’s the new novel to be written in time for the third Bute Noir Crime festival…
I’m very lucky to be a member of such a supportive group as Erskine Writers – membership has been invaluable and I’m looking forward to an excellent programme this coming session.