A woman from Lochgelly is hoping for success after releasing her debut novel, set in a fictitious Fife town.
Stacy Margaret Allan (30) has enjoyed writing stories since she was just seven-years-old. Her debut novel, entitled Sorrow Dreams, is her first full-length crime thriller.
Set in Shinewater, a fictional Fife town close to Lochgelly, built after the residents there campaigned following the success of fellow newtown Glenrothes, readers will recognise many other real Fife locations, including Kirkcaldy, Cardenden and Aberdour.
Stacy explains the premise for the book: “It explores teen drinking, sex, drugs, murder and the mixed fates of people who have been born into difficult situations.
“It mainly runs from 1998 to 2010 but the prologue begins in 1950 to give the book a bit of background.”
The book centres around a young girl, Dawn Napier, who finds herself drawn into a world of devastation and danger after being targetted by a local gang.
The novel was released on Kindle at the end of September, and Stacy said it has already enjoyed reasonable success, with some great reviews.
“Two days after the book was released, I was number 12 in the UrbanFiction Chart and number 36 in the Scottish Crime Chart on Kindle,” she said.
“My best reaction has been from a friend who wakes up really early in the morning to read a few chapters each day and I’ve made a family member late for work because she didn’t want to put it down!
“One lady said she could ‘taste the fish and chips’ in my book and I love that.”
Sorrow Dreams is availble on Kindle and now in paperback, priced at £15 on Amazon.
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