Harriet Smart decided to become a novelist at the age of 10 while sitting in the bay window of her grandparent’s flat overlooking the Tay and Broughty Ferry Castle. She then planned out a three volume family saga despite her family’s suggestions to perhaps start with short stories. She then wrote many, many chapter ones while at school and university, but never managed a chapter two.
When, twelve years later, she found herself unemployed and again in a house over-looking the Tay, that she sat down and actually finished a novel. This was “A Garland of Vows”, an epic family saga about the life and loves of a Victorian architect, published by Headline. Since then she has written and published seven more novels but still has failed to master the short story. Her latest novel is “The Butchered Man” an historical mystery set in 1840.
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