I live in North Ayrshire in beautiful Scotland with my twin girls and husband Paul, although we are originally from Lancashire in the north of England.
I am a qualified medical secretary by profession, with a few years experience in the surgical departments of a busy general hospital. I gave this up when I had my gorgeous twins.
Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a child and I love writing in a variety of genres, especially historical, supernatural, crime and romance, combining and mixing them up. I am particularly interested in the Georgian and Victorian eras, 1920's and Scottish history, all of which I have set novels in.
When I'm not writing I love to read and I am particularly inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, the Brontes, Stuart MacBride, Anne Rice, Karen Rose, Martina Cole, Ian Rankin, Georgette Heyer and Daphne Du Maurier. I also enjoy cardio exercise, swimming and contemporary and gothic bellydance.
My new novel, Unfinished Business, is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle - release date 29 January 2015. This is the first book in a brand new contemporary crime series showcasing Brodie MacBride, whose business is unfinished business. I am also currently working on the first book in the Victorian Gothic series, which will also be crime-based but set in the Victorian era. After that will be the second in the Unfinished Business series and the eighth Dividing Line book, so I'm going to have a very busy 2015!
I was author of the month in December 2013 on the website for crime fiction lovers, theresbeenamurder.wordpress.com.
I have been trying to get published for a few years now so being on Amazon feels like an exciting step forward! Many thanks to everyone who has downloaded my books, I hope you enjoy them. I also want to say thank you for the wonderful reviews and kind messages I've received, which encourage me to keep going. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Website: www.heatheratkinsonbooks.com You can also follow me on Twitter at #heatheratkinso1 and Facebook: facebook.com/booksofheatheratkinson