General details

  • MaryMcElsar

  • Caithness - in the Scottish Highlands - where most of my book plots are played out

  • English

In short

  • I'm very fond of my home county, The Cairn Commune of Croakwipster is the second book I've written, which is based there. I'm very impressed by these wonderful websites - they make it possible for me to get my work out there. My options are severely limited due to my remote location.
    I live and work in Wick, which - for its sins - is the capital of Caithness. My ambition is to someday give up the day job and write for a living.
    Until then, I'll plod on with the daily nine to five followed by a nice relaxing dog walk on our local beach each evening.

  • fame?

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Coming of Age, Crime, Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology, Family Life & Saga, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary, Mystery, Romance, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Teen, Thriller/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult/Juvenile

    Non-Fiction: Body, Mind & Spirit, Computing & Internet, Cooking, Food & Wine, Music, Pets, Travel, Women's Studies

    Screenplay: Comedy, Drama, Musical

    Poetry: General, Song Lyrics

  • Needless to say, all the classics, which I like to reread from time to time but at the moment these are the books leaving an impression.
    Are you my mother? by Louise Voss
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The Portable Door by Tom Holt
    Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris
    The Collector by John Fowles
  • Lost & Found by Jane Sigaloff
    Walking in circles before lying down by Merill Markoe
  • In bed, after a long day.
  • The Cairn Commune of Croakwipster is a fairly lengthy novel of 47 chapters and over 110000 words

    A Life Changing June (novel)
    Green Fingers and Tourists (novel)

    The Tale of Fiddol-de-Fawg (story for children in rhyme)

    Croakwipster College of the Old Skills (novel)
  • Fiction: Children's, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Teen, Women's Fiction

    Poetry: Song Lyrics

  • Oooo! How to choose?
    Perhaps Miss Marple - in her younger days preferably!
     . . . or one of the young Beatles in the days of the Cabin!
     . . . or a librarian in a very quiet - seldom used - well stocked library!
    . . . or a tolerated fly on the wall of a literary agents!
    . . . or one of Roald Dahl's notebooks!
  • Classic - Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Beatrix Potter. . . too numerous to mention!
    erm . . . modern day authors . . .
    Maeve Binchy, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewel  . . .  I find their books extremely easy reading - perfect to pack in my luggage for a relaxing holiday.
    Loved Audrey Neffenegger's The Time traveller's Wife and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
    There are lots more . . . to be honest
    I'm a bit of a book slut and I'll read almost anything!