Tuesday 9 March 2010

Featured Author: Scottish Authors

I'd like you to get to know some Scottish Authors. Because they aren't in America they don't get as much air time, but they are FAB! Carmen Reid is HUGE here! I hope you'll check out some of these ladies books. FYI: JK ROWLING lives in Scotland. :) We're cool.

Chick-lit author Carmen Reid was raised on a farm near Montrose, but the self-confessed urbanite escaped to London to study English Literature at University College London. A number of journalism jobs followed, in the local, regional and national press, before she gave up work to have children. She was aged just 28 when she started her first novel, and was published four years later.

Her popular novels, starting with Three in a Bed in 2002, have now been joined by a series of novels for teenagers, which are set in a fictional Scottish boarding school called St Jude's.

Carmen Reid is married with two children, and lives with her husband in Glasgow. (NEAR ME!)

Edinburgh-based author was born and raised in Switzerland. She studied English and German at Zurich University and the University of Aberdeen, before starting her Pd.D. in Zurich. In 1993 she moved to Edinburgh after meeting and marrying the Scottish poet Ron Butlin.

She first wrote in German, but switched to English when moving to Scotland. She is the winner of the Edinburgh Review Tenth Anniversary Short Story Competition; her works include the novel The Beauty Room and the short story collection Inside~Outside. Claire is a creative writing tutor at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her second collection, Fighting It, was published in June 2009, and she is currently working on a second novel.

Although born in Yorkshire in England, Kate Atkinson studied English at Dundee University and now lives in Edinburgh. After winning a short story writing competition in Woman's Own magazine in 1988, she began to write professionally. Her debut novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was published in 1995, winning her the Whitbread Book of the Year award. Atkinson has written short story collections, novels, and plays for radio, TV and stage.

After her short story collection Not the End of the World was published in 2002, she has written three novels featuring former policeman Jackson Brodie, including the Saltire Society Award-winning Case Histories.

Kate Atkinson is a fan of country music and steam trains.


I'm totally excited about these writers! I've read some Carmen Reid, and LOVED THEM! If you'd like to check out more Scottish authors like Robert Burns and JK Rowling {click here}


  1. I don't think I've heard of any of these authors. I think there are probably a lot of talented people who toil in relative obscurity... simply because there are just so many authors out there these days. It's hard to get noticed!

    But I'm confused as to why some of these authors are considered Scottish. I mean, if I moved to Scotland and published a book, I'd still be considered a Canadian author (and not a Scottish one)... wouldn't I?

  2. Thanks for bringing these authors to our attention. The books sound wonderful!

  3. I chose from a list of Authors living in Scotland. Most ARE Scottish. I chose these 3 because they looked REALLY great, and I had read some Carmen Reid before who IS Scottish. Regi Claire is considered Scottish by marriage and has British Nationality.

    There is a HUGE list of Authors and I chose these 3 because they looked great. What would YOU have called the post?

  4. My Dad is from Scotland and I would love to read some Scottish authors - thanks for the heads up!


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