Margaret Skea

About me

Fascinated by Scotland’s turbulent history, and in particular the 16th century, I’ve just finished my first novel which was the Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition. Published on 22nd November 2012 by Capercaillie Books, it is available via any bookshop and online stores.

An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer, I live with my husband in the Scottish Borders.

From my website

Kindle 1600s style.

If you think that the idea of being able to travel with a whole library of books came in with the invention of the Kindle, think again. The Bodleian Library in Oxford has just received a rather special Christmas present, which once belonged to Charles I. I so want to…

Writing + editing at the same time – A bad Idea?

Now here’s a thing – my current target is to increase my word count of my WIP by c 5000 words per week. That seems to me a realistic target and on that basis I SHOULD have a finished first draft within a month. (I wanted it for Christmas, but…

Loch Leven Castle and Mary Queen of Scots.

Few stories in Scottish history resonate more than the abdication and flight of Mary Queen of Scots southwards into England in 1567. There are so many ‘what ifs’ associated with that decision – alternative history authors would have a field day… Here’s a post courtesy of The Hazel Tree, full…

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