Hello, my name is Alex Nye and I write books for children and adults. I’m also a Creative Writing Mentor with the Scottish Book Trust and Writer in Residence at Castlebrae High in Edinburgh. My first book Chill and its sequel Shiver, published by Floris, are set on Sheriffmuir where I once lived in a remote cottage during a winter of blizzards; they are ghost stories for 9-12 years, good for use in schools, particularly when touching on Scottish history and the Jacobites. Chill was the winner of the Royal Mail Award. My third book is called Darker Ends and is a modern ghost story set in Glencoe, woven with the historical background of the 1692 Massacre. This is a teen novel, suitable for 11-15 years, although I find that many adults enjoy my fiction as well.
My fourth book, For My Sins, is a historical novel for adults about Mary, Queen of Scots, sitting in her prison cell at the end of her life, stitching her tapestries while being haunted by the ghosts of her past. This would also be useful to History students at Higher, Advanced Higher and University level.
You can also read about my books on my Amazon Author Page.
I love visiting schools and libraries, and talking to pupils. My aim is always to inspire, encourage and enthuse young people. My events include live candlelit ghost stories together with spooky sounds and images. You can always contact me for an author visit/creative writing workshop/storytelling event.
Why Choose Me?
I am an experienced English teacher and teach English and Creative Writing to 11-18 year olds, including one to one tuition and mentoring of pupils at Higher and Advanced Higher. I have been a Creative Writing Mentor with the Scottish Book Trust, mentoring young people with their creative writing projects culminating in the publication of their own stories, and Writer in Residence at Castlebrae High in Edinburgh.
Contact and Fees
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an author visit/workshop/storytelling event. My fees are usually £175 for an hour session, plus expenses. This is in line with the Society of Authors’ and Scottish Book Trust’s recommended rates.