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Some of my books

I write books for all ages, for young children to teenage and adults. I have also written a book on writing - Writing for Children - for both aspiring and newly published authors.

While I spend quite a lot of time visiting libraries, schools and festivals talking about my books and running creative writing workshops, I do manage to find time to write, too!

You can download the free story: Hamish McHaggis and the Aberlady Gala Mystery.

Latest News:

Review of Spider a gritty crime novel, for Young Adult readers.

Many thanks to Kirsty Crommie for featuring a review of Spider on her excellent book review blog for children’s books : Unicorns and Kelpies. ‘This is teenage fiction at its best. Definitely a must read!’ 

Spider was my first YA novel, it also won the Catalyst Book Award and was shortlisted for several others.  It was published in 2008 but it is still relevant to today’s audience.  Kirsty calls it ‘An uncompromising, intense novel which hits you full force and leaves you gasping for air’

Read the full review here-

and you can find out about other excellent books for a variety of ages at https://unicorns and

Video Readings of my books

Download these FREE Teaching Resources for the Hamish McHaggis Series.


Why not have a look at my YouTube channel ( link below) and listen to me reading from some of my books. You can see a few videos in the STORYTIME  playlist, more will be coming soon.

My STORYTIME YouTube channel – Linda Strachan Author


Hamish McHaggis and the Search for the Loch Ness Monster with Hamish and friends there to assist.



A NEW #HamishMcHaggis Christmas story. CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE HOGGLE  premiered in 2020. in support of  SUPERTROOP  a new Edinburgh charity running summer holidays for children and young people with learning disabilities.



My picture book What Colour is Love?  With some lovely cuddly toys.

AND extracts from Greyfriars Bobby


Some exciting stories and information in the extracts from The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites  ,












some readings of my Zoola books






In 2021 – Coming soon -there will be some extracts from my Young Adult books.



so keep coming back and subscribe to my channel ( free)

Hope to see you soon!

A first look – Writers & Artists Guide to Writing for Children and YA

It is always exciting when the parcel arrives with your advance copies of your newly published book.  Opening the parcel, turning the book over in your hands; it – after all the hard work writing and editing, worrying about whether it will turn out the way you hoped, finally leaving it in the hands of the publisher at the last stage -it all contributes to a kind of nervous excitement.


I would like to say a huge thank you to my lovely editor and her team, for all their work and support. Now it is over to you, the reader.  Unlike a work of fiction, a writing guide is something that people will hopefully go back to again and again, dipping into it at different stages.

This is a new and very much updated edition. Some of you may recall the previous one with a white cover and a 70’s style lion on the front!  So much has changed in the 11 years since 2008 when that one appeared on the shelves.  The publishing world has changed a lot and in this new book I have also included some books ( recommended reads)  that you might like to try as a starter for your reading list, to better understand each area of writing for children & YA. Anyone who wants to write or is writing in this field, should be reading the amazing books out there already.  You will find it hones your understanding of where your own writing will fit in each area and these books I have suggested are only a very small sample of some of the amazing books being written at the moment for young people.

One of the biggest differences between writing for adults and writing for children is that children not only enjoy different genres but they also need different kinds of books and their requirements are different depending on their age, reading ability and what they understand about the world.  You would not give a harsh/edgy murder mystery to a five year old!  Publishers will want a writer to understand where their book will fit in their list, and on the shelf in a bookshop, and that the writer understands the appropriate length or style. It is a challenging area to write for but exciting, too.

And…. you have my absolute permission to turn down corners, mark it up with coloured pens or put in sticky coloured tabs or post it notes in it.  I have heard people say that the previous edition was used in all of these ways and that warms my heart!

I hope it helps anyone wanting to start writing for Children or Young Adults, for those already with a work in progress or newly published, but also anyone with an interest in how it is done.

Published 30th November 2019  it is available from all good bookshops ( do support your local independent bookshop!)  and online book stores.