Author Profile - Gillian Philip

Author of: Sea Fever (Sharp Shades 2.0 series).

I live in the North-East Highlands of Scotland with one husband, two children, three dogs (Cluny, Milo and Otto), two psychotic cats (the Ghost and the Darkness), a slayer hamster (Buffy), umpteen chickens (including Mapp, Lucia and Honey Boo Boo) and a lot of nervous fish. I have taken a solemn vow not to get any more pets. I will probably break this vow.

Writing for a living is (a) what I always wanted to do; (b) occasionally frustrating; (c) a lot of fun – I take dictation from the characters in my head, who spend their lives telling me what’s going to happen next.

But I like it that I never know just how it’s all going to end – not till the fat lady sings, the villain meets a suitably sticky end, and the boy gets the girl (or indeed the boy).

My books have been shortlisted for prizes including the Royal Mail Scottish Book Award, the North East Book Award and the Angus Book Award; I’ve been nominated for the Carnegie Medal (for Crossing The Line) and the David Gemmell Legend Award (for Firebrand).