Hello and welcome to my blog! Here I’ll be chatting about my writing and the places which have inspired it. There will probably also be some chat about wild swimming — or swimming as we used to call it! On each post there will also be a writing prompt with an idea to get you started with your own writing about place.

Cover of The Viking's Cursed Bride from Tirgearr Publishing with clickable link to publisher's website embedded.

My first novel, The Viking’s Cursed Bride, was published in October last year and is available from Tirgearr Publishing. The second book in the series should be available soon.

I also love writing short stories and flash fiction and recently was runner-up in the Jane Austen Literacy Federation’s short story competition. You can read my story here and it is due to be released as an audio book in time for Christmas — Lockdown permitting!

I live on the west coast of Scotland and enjoy wild swimming as often as the weather co-operates! (A very thick wetsuit, socks and gloves are a definite requirement here!)

Most of my stories start with a place, rather than plot or characters, so I’ll be sharing my impressions of the different places I have visited and chatting about any links they have with my stories. I’ll be starting with the places I visited last year as, for some strange reason, I haven’t been out and about very much this year yet!

You can also find me on Twitter as @MairibethM and on Facebook as Mairibeth MacMillan.