Black Rigg by Mary Easson

Linlithgow Writers Circle

People come to creative writing in different ways and at different times in their lives. In my case, I remember being quite creative in primary school but how that was drummed out of me in high school. Then many years later, I began researching a particular family story and became fascinated by the social history of the Scottish mining communities. In this second decade of the 21stcentury when people often take the NHS for granted and think that a mobile phone is a dire necessity, I knew I had a story worth telling. But how to tell it? Local and family histories have limited appeal whereas novels reach a wider audience. So that’s what I did – I set about writing a novel which unfolded day after day to my constant amazement. I am presently half way through a third novel but have also turned to shorter pieces…

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