I concentrate on three distinct areas, each very different from the other but of equal importance to me. Switching between these themes keeps me refreshed and stimulated.
As a carer for my father, this is an area close to my heart. I aim to raise awareness of the issues that carers face and to challenge some of the assumptions and preconceptions that persist about this largely invisible role.
Whilst caring can be very demanding it also has a positive side. With the right support it can be a rewarding and enriching experience.
There are many inspiring stories that carers have to share; stories that teach us much about what it is to be human and the value of our personal and community relationships.
I have the great good fortune to live in the beautiful valley of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire. The river springs to life in the high mountains of the Cairngorms and runs through ancient pinewoods, heather moorland and rich farmland on its way to join the North Sea. It’s an area rich in flora, fauna and in human history and archaeology.
Being out in this natural environment is a tonic and a joy for me. It’s a passion I hope I can share through my writing.
Sometimes it’s fun just to let my imagination go, so in between my non-fiction writing I enjoy inventing comic short stories and flash fiction.
I particularly enjoy putting a comic twist on well-known folk tales and fairy tale characters. Their familiarity gives plenty of scope for playing with traditional narratives and the reader’s expectations.
These stories have no purpose other than to make the reader smile (though giggling is better).