Part subversive old bat; part sweet old grandma; but, just sometimes, the rational, balanced and intelligent part breaks out...
Part subversive old bat; part sweet old grandma; but, just sometimes, the rational, balanced and intelligent part breaks out…


Hello and thanks for visiting Put it in Writing. My name is Anne Stormont. I’m a Scot living in the Scottish Highlands and I’ve been a writer since I could first use a pencil.  I’m also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and have visited every continent apart from Antarctica. In 2014 I retired (slightly early) from a thirty-six year career in primary school teaching in order to concentrate fully on my writing. When I’m not writing I enjoy long walks, yoga, gardening, art, music and of course, reading. I love spending time with my grandchildren. I also have a penchant for penguins – the birds, not the biscuit. I’m sometimes a grumpy old woman, but I try to maintain a kind-heart.


Here on the blog, I try to process and make sense of the world by writing stuff down. Writing, for me, is definitely therapy. It keeps me sane – just about.

I do three types of posts.

  •  I post about my books, my work in progress, and all the other things that make up my  life as a writer.
  •  I do regular book reviews of books I’ve enjoyed.  I read and review all sorts of books across several genres, including non-fiction.
  • I share my middle-aged, biased and often unscientific opinions, insights, and reflections on life.

I enjoy engaging with my readers, so do leave your comments and feel free to share my posts via your social media platform of choice.


I began taking my writing seriously after being diagnosed with cancer. I did a deal with fate that if I survived, I’d stop procrastinating. I survived and adopted a seize the day mentality – both about writing and life in general.

In 2010 My first novel, Change of Life, was published.

In 2014, I published my second novel, Displacement .

If forced to classify my  novels, I’d say they were commercial contemporary fiction. They probably appeal mostly to the yes-we-can-still think-and-dream, post chick-lit,  older, but not necessarily wiser, woman. I hope they show that there’s life after forty and beyond. I hope, too, that they something meaningful about the dilemmas, conflicts, challenges and joys of life in general.

And then in 2015, writing as my alter-ego Anne McAlpine, I published a novel for children called The Silver Locket. This novel is aimed at children around nine to twelve years of age and it’s a fantasy adventure story.

Besides writing novels and writing for the blog,  I’ve also been a staff writer on Words with Jam, the online, bi-monthly, magazine for writers, since it started several years ago.



Facebook: I have two author pages on Facebook, one for each identity and they are here for Anne Stormont and here for Anne McAlpine.  I post all my book  related news to these pages.

Twitter: I’m on Twitter here as @writeanne

Websites: For Anne Stormont is here and for Anne McAlpine is here These are my dedicated book sites for everything to do with my novel writing and  my published books.


You can read descriptions of my novels on the My Books Page here on the blog. Or alternatively, you can click on the book titles above and you’ll be redirected to Amazon where you can also read the book descriptions. The books are all available as e-books and as paperbacks. They’re also available from bookshops, so please do consider buying from there if you can. If you can’t see them on the shelves, the bookseller can order them from their usual supplier. And remember there’s always (we hope) the library.

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24 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Anne,

    glad to discover that you are a primary school teacher interested in writing. I research children’s literacy development and am the first person in the world to have rewritten their PhD thesis as a (trilingual!) children’s book. I’ll send you a copy if you provide and address (can also be the address of your school if you prefer)


    (PS thanks for the great review…)

  2. Hi Joan,
    Thank you for your comments. I was very happy to do the review of your book.

    Yes, I’m a teacher and yes I’d be very interested in your thesis. It does indeed sound unique! I’ll email you my address.

    Anne 🙂

  3. Hi Anne, I’ve recently created a wordpress blog called Novels Now and I’ve put a page on there of the Edinburgh Writers’ club members’ Novels. I’ve just added you and your book and a link to your blog and signed up to see your posts in my reader. I’ve set up my blog because I’ve a historical romance coming out as an e-book on 3rd May. It’s called Mariah’s Marriage and it’s with MuseItUp. There are a lot of novelists around in the club. Anne Stenhouse (aka Graham)

  4. Hi Anne,

    A couple of years ago you were kind enough to write an Amazon review for my e-book, As Happy As Ling. I’m not sure if you’re still reviewing books, but my novel got picked up by a publisher and released under the title, Happy That It’s Not True –and I was wondering if you would consider reviewing it. The new version is more concise and easier to understand,.


    Please let me know if you need a copy. I can also send you an electronic version if you wish.

    Thank you,

    Carlos Aleman

  5. Hi Anne,
    I have a invitation for you. I have a recently completed short story,
    ‘Breakfast is Severed’ which follows a man through a changing world after the life he knows is ripped away. America is in upheaval in the wake of a global food shortage. He learns, all too quickly, how we are all part of a precariously balanced community and when the balance is lost; society is devoured by the chaos of desperation.
    I would love for Put-It-In-Writing to follow David Cameron as he tries to survive this new hell.

    My story is available (free) in multiple formats via http://hotpepperpublishing.weebly.com/
    I would very much appreciate it if you were to read and review this work.

    1. I get a lot of requests for reviews and there’s quite a pile in waiting, so you’ll have to be patient. But in due course I will take a look and I’ll let you know if I feel I can complete a review for you.

  6. Hi, Anne. I wanted to personally thank you again for reading and your kind words. If it’s not too much trouble, I was wondering if you’d be so kind as to leave an Amazon review for me. If time is short, I completely understand, but I figure there’s no harm in asking. Either way, I appreciate it. Here’s the link, just in case.


  7. Hi there Anne! I’ve always wanted to see the Scottish Highlands but because I flunked driving through the Cotswolds, the Scottish government has banned me from their roads! Can you walk it? ; )

  8. How interesting to read about you. I’m very envious that you actually put pen to paper and have written books! I love writing and have books inside me, two memoirs I want to write, but just can’t get started. Do you have any tips for beginners like me?

    1. Hello Georgie, thanks you for visiting the blog and taking the time to comment. As far as how to get started as a writer is concerned – that’s a very good question.

      The simple answer is ‘just do it’ – turn up at your desk, kitchen table or wherever and put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
      The more detailed answer is – yes, ‘just do it’ – but do it in a way that’s not self-critical. Don’t expect a novel to appear, but just flex those writing muscles. Do some ‘free’ writing every day -where you just write whatever pos into your head even if it means writing about how there’s nothing in your head and how that makes you feel. Set a specific time – 2 minutes, or 5 or 10…But make sure you show up. If you’re keen on memoir than yo could move on to writing a character sketch of someone in your family, or a house you have lived in or the first film you remember watching. If you want to develop a novel, maybe begin with a character -write their one page biography or interview them about their life.
      There are lots of excellent books on writing – Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Anne Lamott to name just three authors of different approaches to the ‘how-to’.
      The main thing is to relax and enjoy it. I wish you all the best with your writing.

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