Even though a bit wet and cold outside, The Skye Reading Room warmly welcomed another Scottish writing talent on Tuesday 27th March at Edinbane Hall. Ross Sayers, author of Mary’s the Name, shared with us some excerpts from the book as well as a sneak peak of his new novel and some great stories about his writing journey.
Mary’s the name was based for the most part in Portree and so it was fitting for Ross to revisit Skye and talk to us about how his novel had developed. Ross wrote Marys the Name as his dissertation for his Creative Writing Masters at Stirling University and was pleased to be accepted by Cranachan Publishing, an up and coming publishing house based on the Isle of Lewis.
Ross’s top tip for developing his writing was real life research. He explained he had learnt so much more by visiting Skye and talking to people than he ever could have from purely internet searching. Local stories and knowledge really helped him bring his novel to life. Ross’s enthusiasm for his characters was apparent when reading sections of his book and he had captured the humour of how an 8 year old views the world as well as the familiar Scottish dialect brilliantly.
You can follow Ross on Twitter (@Sayers33) to see how his journey continues with his 2nd novel that is currently being submitted to a number of Scottish publishers.
Thanks to Ross for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit the Reading Room and share his experiences.