I am Scottish/Texan writer, editor and coach, and I’ve been writing professionally for over three decades.
First, I wrote for business—reports, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles, and newsletters—in my work as Senior Press Officer for Arts Council England and as Head of Press and Public Affairs for Welsh National Opera. I then became an independent Press/PR consultant and workshop leader in strategic press, media and presentation skills, working with performing and literary arts companies and arts trade organizations across the United Kingdom. My clients included Wales Millennium Centre/Mariinsky Opera of St. Petersburg, Sherman Theatre, Arts Councils of Wales and Scotland, Arts Marketing Association, Theatrical Management Association, Audiences Central and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I also edited the photographic book, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS (Graffeg, 2006) and produced the souvenir program for the presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by Russia’s Mariinsky Opera at Wales Millennium Centre.
After moving to Houston, Texas, in 2007, I began to write fiction, and my YA historical novels, WAIT FOR ME (2017) and IN ANOTHER TIME (2018) were published in the US and the UK by Harper Collins. Set in Scotland during World War Two, WAIT FOR ME won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of both the Romance Writers of America Emily and Lone Star competitions. IN ANOTHER TIME was named a Junior Library Guild Pick in fall 2018. Caroline was also a featured author for both of her books in the TXLA Spirit of Texas High School reading program 2019.
In 2013, I founded the Inspiring Houston Women blog, and since 2015, I have served on the advisory board of Inprint, Houston’s leading literary non-profit organization. I have also continued to write feature articles on the performing arts for a number of newspapers and magazines in the US and UK.
Throughout my time in Texas, I have been designing and presenting workshops on creative writing craft, social media strategy, and presentation skills for individuals and organizations such as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Houston Grand Opera, Rice University School of Literacy and Culture, as well as schools in Houston ISD and the UK.