Hi, I’m Alison Baillie. Thanks for visiting my website.

Although I was born in Yorkshire and brought up in Ilkley in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, I have always felt Scottish. My parents were both Scottish and I studied English at the University of St Andrews and afterwards taught English at several High Schools in the Edinburgh area. I have also taught English as a Foreign Language in Finland and Switzerland.

 I love reading crime fiction, especially Scottish and Scandinavian, going to crime writing festivals, travelling, walking in the mountains and being with my friends and family.

Sewing the Shadows Together is my first book; it’s been in my mind for more than thirty years since I was teaching English at Portobello High School in Edinburgh.  There were several high-profile murders at that time and once the murders were solved I couldn’t stop thinking about the families. How do you ever get over something like that?

I love reading crime fiction and also became very interested in cold case reviews, miscarriages of justice and the use of DNA evidence. The story was taking shape in the back of my mind, a murder mystery, showing the effects of murder on ordinary people and finally I had the time to write it. I became completely involved in the book, the settings in Edinburgh, the Western Isles and South Africa and the characters. Sarah and Tom have both been scarred by what happened but whereas Tom is a loner, Sarah is one of the ‘sandwich generation’, caught between the demands of husband, mother and children.

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