Writers arrive at writing from all sorts of different places. Some take creative writing classes and earn feedback and probably a network of supportive friends. Some work away on their own filling the proverbial drawer with unseen mss.
Many of us join a writers’ club, like Edinburgh Writers, and enter their competitions hoping for feedback, or attend their workshop evenings hoping to learn. It can be hit or miss, but when it’s supportive it’s wonderful. Edinburgh Writers’ club and the umbrella organisation, Scottish Association of Writers have been wonderful for me.
The photo at the head of this page shows some of my collection of members’ books.
I joined EWC in the 1980s encouraged and welcomed by the then secretary, Margaret McArthur. I met the long standing committee member, Magaret McNeill and was mentored by Margaret McKinlay. Okay, it’s Scotland, people are called Margaret – a lot. I’ve written about the club at:
What I want to do on this page is treat visitors to a resumé of the club’s novelists. It’s roughly alphabetical.
Adams, Bob Cosy crime thrillers to keep the reader guessing. Too Lovely To Kill is the most recent.
Blackadder, Kate Romance with strong family story interwoven. The Family at Farrshore was a People’s Friend serial and is published in a large print library edition by Ulverscroft. She blogs at http://katewritesandreads.blogspot.co.uk/
Campbell, Christine Family Matters, Making It Home, Flying Free.
Coon, Suse Children’s writer and editor of Lothian Life, Richard’s Castle won the Kelpies Prize.
Don, Lari Lari don writes for children and is published by Floris books. Try: First Aid for Fairies http://www.laridon.co.uk/
Forrester, Margaret Margaret writers for children. Try: The Cat Who Decided
Gray, Millie Millie Gray is a storyteller and author of books of her collected stories. Try: Eighteen Couper Street
Guz, Sheena Sheena’s debut crime novel, Murder on Mickle Plugga, is available from amazon.
Holms, Joyce Crime novelist. Try: the Fizz and Buchanan series. http://www.joyceholms.com/html%20pages/frntpg.htm
Kirkwood, Gwen Gwen was a country member in the 80s and writes about farming and rural life. Try her Fairlyden series. http://www.gwenkirkwood.co.uk/
Knight, Alanna Alanna Knight is EWC’s Honorary President and by far the most published member with seventy books. Her most recent is Murders Most Foul (Inspector Faro series) http://www.ur-web.net/AlannaNew/AlannaNew/Welcome.html
Ley, Jackie The Angels of the Jardin Massey here
McLachlan, Catherine The Metagama Inheritance
McKinlay, Margaret The late Margaret McKinlay was a crime writer and also a romantic novelist for My Weekly’s pocket novels’ line. Her books can sometimes be found on Amazon. Try: Double Entry
The Mulgray Twins That’s right, in Helen and Morna the reader gets two brains acting as one cozy crime novelist. Try: No. 1 Suspect
Reimann, Audrey Audrey Reimann is a saga writer with several titles to her name. Her most recent book published in 2012 is, Madame Liberté
Riddell, Jane Quiet women’s fiction. Jane’s Water’s Edge published by ThornBerry Press. http://www.quietfiction.com/Welcome.html
Robertson, Patricia Patricia wrote for Mills and Boon Medicals.
Scoins, Michael His Darker Eye. Available on amazon.
Shephard, Anthony Namestone debut novel, published, instant apostle
Skea, Margaret Historical novelist, Margaret’s Turn of the Tide launched in 2012
Smart, Harriet Historical novelist and blogger. Try: Green Grow the Rushes, the Butchered Man. http://www.harrietsmart.com/
Stenhouse, Anne Anne’s first novel from e-publisher, MuseItUp of Canada is set in early 1800s London, Mariah’s Marriage , Bella’s Betrothal a Scottish Regency, was published by the same house in September, 2014. Daisy’s Dilemma carries on the story of Lady Daisy Mellon from Mariah’s Marriage and in September 2016 Endeavour Press have released, Courting the Countess a second Scottish Regency set in Edinburgh 1819.
Thornton, Eileen Eileen’s, Divorcees.Biz is published by SalGad of Worcester and details of her earlier work are at http://www.eileenthornton.co.uk
Wilson, Mairi Ursula’s Secret is Mairi’s debut novel from Black and White Publishing and won the Sunday Mail Fiction competition 2015. Women’s literary fiction.
Wotjas, Olga Miss Blaine’s Prefect, and the Golden Samovar Debut novel from member and former journalist, Olga A good fun read according to its lively reviews.