My name is Helen McClory. I’m a writer, book reviewer and ESL teacher, born and educated in Scotland (and Australia for a wee bit). I lived in New York City for a year and a half, though I now live in Edinburgh.
I’ve just finished a stint as Writer-in-residence at Necessary Fiction. Check out my project – bringing attention to Literature of the Girl – in their archive (September 2013). You’ll also be able to read extracts from my two novel mss, described below.
Currently I’m submitting my second novel, Flesh of the Peach to agents and editors. The story tackles the immigrant experience, life for Millennials under the current economic crisis, grief, art, and desire in various guises – all sprawled across the big landscapes of the Southern Rockies, the glamourous misery of NYC, and the Cornwall of the main character’s childhood.
My first MS, Kilea, the story of a mysterious but sweet-hearted girl growing up under harsh conditions on a Scottish island, was awarded the Unbound Press Best Novel Award (sadly, as Unbound Press has closed down, this link no longer works). A chapter from Kilea appeared in Necessary Fiction in February 2012 and again in 2013 when I was writer-in-resident. Another extract appeared on The Island Review in September 2013.
I review at PANK and The Female Gaze. I love literary fiction and support small presses whenever I can. Review copies are welcome. Please look up my reviews to get a feel for my style and approach to fiction, or read my reader’s manifesto.
Thanks for reading – and if you would like to ask me anything, or would simply enjoy a chat about writing and bookish matters, email me: hlmcclory[@]gmail.com
I am also on twitter: @HelenMcClory