Welcome to my website

I was born and raised in Edinburgh, but I’m a mongrel really, with bits from Ireland, Poland, Scotland, France…

From time to time I have taken my nose out of a book to notice how my life was getting on. I grew up, had a family, and various jobs in various places until my novel, ‘Hox’, won the 2007 Kelpies Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book of the Year and the Heart of Hawick book awards. My third novel, 'Ushig', a fantasy based on Scottish myths and legends, was shortlisted for the 2011 Essex Children's Book Award. All of that gave me the confidence to carry on writing! More recently, my short story, ‘Entrapment’, won the flash fiction section of the 2015 Federation of Writers (Scotland) annual competition.

My novels and short stories for adults and children are inspired by the landscape and culture of Scotland, both past and present. I also write non-fiction, including several booklets on the history of East Lothian. I was a contributor to the historical review of East Lothian 1945–2000, which won first prize in the Alan Ball Local History Award 2010.

But I was a reader long before I was a writer. If you have got this far, I suspect you are a reader too - and the truth is, a writer is nothing without readers.

Thank you so very much for reading my books.

Annemarie Allan