How did you come to work at Ringwood?
I have been interested in exploring publishing as a career for a long time, so towards the end of my undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow I was on the lookout for an internship at an independent publisher in Glasgow. I got in touch with Ringwood, they luckily had an opening and I jumped at the chance to work for them!
What do you do at Ringwood?
I am the Assistant Managing Director, which means I get to do a bit of everything. I am organising Ringwood’s events for Book Week Scotland this year, I am the Assistant Editor for one of our forthcoming books, and I read and evaluate incoming manuscripts for potential new Ringwood titles. I am also involved in the production of our books, doing things like copyediting, proofreading and being part of our cover design committee. As you can see, it is really varied.
What’s your favourite Ringwood book?
I have to say that my favourite is our forthcoming book Where the Bridge Lies by Frank Woods, which I am the Assistant Editor for. It is a captivating novel with two intertwined timelines. The launch will take place in 2019, so do keep your eyes peeled for this one!
What sets Ringwood apart from other publishing houses?
The books we publish are unique and memorable, and they always have a Scottish slant in some way. Being a small independent publisher means that we have a close relationship with our authors, and that the whole team is dedicated and passionate about each book that we publish.
What three things does a good book need?
I think that a good book has to be well written, and it should also offer a gripping and thought-provoking plot. Ideally it should leave the reader with a lasting impression—for the right reasons.
What’s your favorite spot in Glasgow?
The Kelvin Walkway, snaking its way alongside the river. I love walking from the Botanics to Kelvingrove Park along this way, it makes you forget that you are in the middle of a city for a while.
Have you ever considered writing a book yourself?
Yes I have! I studied a course in creative writing a few years back, and, unsurprisingly, my childhood dream was to become an author.