Links to Interesting Sites
Book related sites
A Work in Progress
The book (and occasionally needlework) blog of Danielle, an American academic librarian.
Prolific author of books for children, young adults, and adults. Her monthly newsletter reviews many books.
Alliance of Independent Authors
A professional body for indie authors. The Alliance was set up in 2012 by author Orna Ross. Linda Gillard was a founder member.
Courses for beginners through to published writers offering individual and group tuition with professional, published writers.
A blog listing quality books written by independently published authors. The only criterion for inclusion on this list is quality and the quality is determined by publishing professionals.
Books in Scotland
Information about Scottish books and writers. (The site is run by Bill Marshall who designed Linda's website.)
A book and knitting blog written by an Edinburgh book lover. A site for yarn lovers.
If you want to know how the book trade works, read journalist Danuta Kean's blog and archive of useful and stimulating articles. Highly recommended for writers and book lovers.
Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?
A daily blog by professional UK authors publishing e-books independently for Kindle. The blog is aimed at both readers and writers.
A celebration of the life and work of Scots historical novelist, Dorothy Dunnett
Effie Galletly - Quilter
The website of quilter and teacher Effie Galletly who makes quilts inspired by the Hebrides. The site includes a gallery of her stunning quilts and an excellent reading list.
Moniack Mhor, near Beauly in the Highlands, is the only dedicated residential writing centre in Scotland. It runs courses in association with the Arvon Foundation.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
Always wanted to write a novel but can't find the time?... No more excuses - sign up with NaNoWriMo and write a 50,000-word draft in a month. It's mad but it's fun.
Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover
An eclectic and entertaining UK book blog coming from Essex.
An unusual US book blog written by a husband and wife team. Their interests include fiction (for both adults and children) and non-fiction (particularly biography, history, law and science.)
Spiderwriting Web Design Scotland
Spiderwriting specialise in web design for authors, publishers and other book related sites, as well as musicians, actors and theatre companies.
Quirky book blog written by a young Oxford bibliophile currently working at the Bodleian Library.
A book review website that hosts 2500 detailed, intelligent and honest reviews. The Bookbag also offers a manuscript critique and proof-reading service for a full novel or several chapters plus synopsis. Highly competitive (and negotiable) rates.
The Littlereader Library
Another book blog written by a passionate and omnivorous reader, focussing on reviews of contemporary fiction.
The literary equivalent of messages in bottles. Readers register books at BookCrossing.com and then leave them in public places for other readers to find. You can post a review on the website and track the progress of books out there "in the wild".
An information and bookselling site dedicated to Scottish books and writers.
Official website for the Isle of Skye, the setting for Linda Gillard's third novel, STAR GAZING.
Official website for the Hebrides, Scotland. Tourist information about the Hebridean islands, including North Uist, the setting for Linda Gillard's first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY.
Mental Health sites
A user-led charity working to enable people affected by bipolar disorder (aka manic depression) to take control of their lives.
An organisation offering support and advice to people suffering from depression.
Health in Mind
Health in Mind is a service to help people with common mental health problems gain quick access to talking therapies.
Help for Depression
This site provides a comprehensive guide to the various approaches and treatments for depression. A good starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales and aims to make it possible for people who experience mental distress to live full lives and play their full part in society.
An organisation set up to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. (Particularly supportive for carers.)
Award-winning landscape photographer who provided photographs for this website and the cover of EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY