About Me

Hello, I’m Rachel.

I am a children’s author – with a full-time job on the side.

I was born and raised in Scotland and have worked in the world of Scottish books and publishing for more than ten years.

I started as a bookseller in my local branch of Waterstones while studying English Literature and History at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, I began working for a Scottish interest publisher and wholesaler that caters for the visitor and heritage market in Scotland. Starting as an administrative assistant, I worked my way up to become the buyer for the business, which meant I spent a lot of my time perusing wonderful new books to add to the range. I also looked after submissions, product artwork and a couple of handfuls of other bits and pieces.

I thoroughly enjoyed my job there for ten years… and then it became time for a change. I now work as a guiding steward for a major visitor attraction, sharing my passion for Scotland and its history with people from far and wide.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy visiting schools and nurseries to share my stories – find out more about this on my Author Visits page.

I live in Central Scotland with my husband and our little white pup, frequent star of my Instagram feed.

I post updates about Ruan the Little Red Squirrel, The Kilted Coo, The Unicorn in the Castle, author events and signings, future projects, general musings about the great outdoors of Scotland and the escapades of my super-cute pup on here, so I hope you enjoy my books and reading my blog.