Emma is the author of two novels, A Beautiful Game and Wings to Fly, published by Crooked Cat Books. Both books are currently out of print although they can still be found to buy online.
Emma was awarded a master’s with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling and is currently working on the edits of her next novel.
Any Scot can tell you the word brae translates to hill, but no one knows what skara means. And what about the people who lived here, what did they call this place? Did they even give it a name? Skara Brae, I discover, is a place of questions, not answers.
Read Emma's creative memoir piece on the website of Scottish Mountaineering Press here.
View from a Top Floor Window
Tam is tracking aircraft, Elizabeth is keeping count of the days whilst trying to solve a crossword clue and Charlie is doing his best to get his neighbours to stick to the rules! Follow the lives of Tam, Elizabeth and Charlie during lockdown.
Put the kettle on, sit back and listen to Emma's collection of short stories, View from a Top Floor Window.
Emma wrote this short story after she found herself pondering over what the phrase, 'essential items only' means. Have a listen here.
And please follow Thrawn Craws on Facebook to hear a wonderful variety of words of poetry and prose.
Cathy Munro is not like the other girls in her small town. Inquisitive and full of spirit, she sets out on a mission to talk to God in the hope of securing her place in Heaven. So when the miracles she prays for start to happen, she’s sure she’s on the right track. But then she notices her mother is acting strangely and avoiding her questions. And why is everyone determined to stop her becoming friends with the boy next door? Could it be because he goes to a different school? Cathy soon learns that her miracles have consequences, and that life isn’t as simple as she’d once thought.
Book Week Scotland
As part of Book Week Scotland, Emma was invited along by Mid Calder Library to host an evening to celebrate our nation's love of reading. It was a fantastic evening of fun, which included plenty of audience participation.
A massive thank you to everyone who came along, as well as to the staff who stayed behind late to make sure everyone got their book signed.
"A West Lothian teacher has penned a new book which was inspired by children who suffer football-related violence at home.
And while Emma says the lead character is not based on any one child, she says she hopes her novel, A Beautiful Game, will help inspire all families in similar situations to get the help they need."
Continue the interview here.
“Juggling work as a part time teacher, mother to three children and having the staying power to write and see a book through to publication is an impressive feat.
Emma deftly captures the contradictions and complications of the situation. Her deep understanding of the characters appears effortless.”