After finding success with two romantic comedies, The Wrong Envelope and The Wrong Direction, Dornoch author Liz Treacher is trying her hand at a new genre.
Her latest novel, The Unravelling, is a contemporary story with a darker mood.
Liz, who lives in Skelbo, explained: “The novel is a mix of real life with a touch of magic, and hopefully a story that many people can relate to, as the heroine Ella Aldridge struggles to reconnect with her forgotten hopes and dreams.”
On her way to work, Ella is arrested for using a season ticket that is one day out-of-date. Under the watchful eye of a shadowy ticket inspector, she finds herself spiralling into a murky underworld where portentous signs appear from nowhere, thoughts are stored on memory sticks and speeding express trains may be more than they seem.
She embarks on an journey that affects everyone around her and which changes her relationship with those she cares about most.
Liz, who has been writing for just five years, admits: “It was quite scary changing from romantic comedies to something deeper, but I wanted to try a different vein and reviews have been encouraging so far.”
When she isn’t writing, Liz works as an English and Creative Writing tutor at Brora Learning Zone and also enjoys walking on local beaches.
“I find the quietness of Sutherland and its inspiring scenery extremely helpful for writing,” she said.
“I think writers are attracted here and there are other authors living locally. Helen Sedgwick (The Comet Seekers) and Philip Paris (Effie’s War) both live nearby and I feel lucky to count them as friends.
“Added to this, Maggie Hope at Dornoch Bookshop goes out of her way to promote local writers and I’m really looking forward to the bookshop reopening.”
Signed paperback copies of The Unravelling will be available at Dornoch Bookshop from Tuesday, August 18.
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