I was a journalist for more than 15 years, working in both the regional and national press on domestic and foreign stories. Since leaving journalism I have worked in public relations for the former Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, where I worked on the amalgamation of the local fire services into one national body; corporate clients; and the Scottish Government, where I worked during the independence referendum and the Commonwealth Games.
Writing novels is the culmination of a lifelong dream, and the reason I became a journalist, as it was a way to write and develop a career while waiting to be published.
Outside of work I am married to Fiona, a fellow journalist who now works in PR, and am the father of two daughters - meaning I am completely outnumbered in my own home.
About writer's work
I am the writer of an ongoing Edinburgh-based crime series based around crime reporter Doug McGregor and DS Susie Drummond. My first novel, Falling Fast, was shortlisted for both the Dundee International Book Prize and the Bloody Scotland Deanston Book of the Year Award. The follow-up, The Storm, has been critically acclaimed by fellow writers, including best-selling author James Oswald, who described it as “a great read”.
Themes I have explored include the secrets of the past, how these can compel people to act in extraordinary ways and take extreme action. I am particularly interested in developing compelling characters with dynamic interpersonal relationships. I am currently working on the fourth novel in the McGregor series. The third, All The Devils Are Here, is due to be published in 2016, when Falling Fast will be published in Spain, Greece and South America.
Websites featuring the authorSaraband Author ProfileFalling Fast on Bloody ScotlandTwitterAmazon
Current events and projects
Readings, workshops, residencies, chairing author events and book launches.
I would be keen to work with any adult audiences to enhance their appreciation of reading and love of written works. I would also be keen on holding workshops on writing fiction, especially crime, how to develop the novel and characters, and how to market the finished book.
I have held events with book groups, hosted “in conversation events” and taken part in panels with fellow writers at independent bookstores, book festivals and large bookselling chains. Topics and themes I have covered in previous panels are the importance of location and locations as characters in works, developing and maintaining credible characters who are facing incredible situations, engaging and developing reader interest and the ongoing fascination in Scottish noir and crime fiction in general.
I am the presenter of a true-crime slot on STV Edinburgh, which looks at crimes committed around the city over the last 100 years. I am also a regular panellist, chair and contributor at literary events across the country including Crimefest, Bloody Scotland, Aye Write! and Book Week Scotland.