When Emma was nine her Gaelic speaking parents emigrated from Scotland to Africa. She remembers lying in bed, listening to her father playing the bagpipes in the garden, the sound carrying for miles across the veld. Africa is still a place she loves and returns to as often as she can. When she was a teenager Emma returned to the Western Isles of Scotland and worked in a variety of jobs from putting up signposts on archeological sites in mid winter, to being a waitress in Skye. She qualified as a nurse and worked in Edinburgh and Glasgow before going on to study English literature at Aberdeen University. Emma began writing when her daughters started school and has published four historical novels two of which were shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Her latest book Greyfriars House was inspired both by events in Singapore during WW2 and a real house on a remote Scottish island. Emma loves to immerse herself in research. As she says "In these times of celebrity culture, it's ordinary women doing extraordinary things that inspire my writing." https://www.facebook.com/emmafraserauthor Twitter@EmmaFraserbooksRead more Read less
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