'I love books. Everything and anything to do with them. As a writer and poet, I know how hard the road to traditional publication is, how savage and how demoralising it can be. I also know how many talented writers there are who haven't been signed because they don't fit the legendary 'list' or other constraints in the publishing world. Look, I can't promise to publish every submission that I receive but your work will be given respect, consideration and a reply.'
'I know when I'm reading something special within the first paragraph. It's a physical reaction. The hairs on the back of my neck rise and I silently fist-pump the air. There is nothing better for a reader or a publisher.'
Tabatha Stirling lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her family and a depressed beagle called the Beagle. A published author and poet, Tabby signed with Unbound for her debut novel, BITTER LEAVES in August 2016, and it was published in March 2019. Find it on Goodreads here.
She is a great fan of everything zombie, literary fiction, specifically beautifully written stories with a bit of menace (Lesley Glaister, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates, Lionel Shriver), writing set in Asia & Africa, (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doris Lessing, Gil Courtemanche) and epic fantasy that makes her want to beg for the trilogy (Robin Hobb, Pierce Browne, Tade Thompson, Hugh Howey, Angela Carter). A delicious slice of historical fiction doesn't go amiss either.
Her publishing credits include LITRO, Literary Orphans, The Nopebook, Scottish PEN, Mslexia, Camroc Fiction Press, Spelk Fiction, Feminine Collective, Twisted Sister and Sick Lick Magazine. Tabby is a member of The Society of Authors and The Federation of Scottish Writers. Tabby is also a contributor to the Unbound anthology A Wild & Precious Life about addiction and recovery, edited by Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert.
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