Eve Houston, the author of Secrets in Prior's Ford, Drama Comes to Prior's Ford, Trouble in Prior's Ford and the soon to be published Scandal in Prior’s Ford, has been revealed as the secret writing identity of author Evelyn Hood.
A former journalist, Evelyn Hood is best known for family sagas mainly set in her home town of Paisley, Renfrewshire and on the Clyde Coast, although she is also the author of Forward by Degrees, a history of the University of Paisley, and Mill Memories, a series of interviews with former workers in Paisley’s once-famous thread mills. Evelyn has also published six one-act stage plays, a Scottish pantomime, a children's musical and a number of short stories and articles. Unpublished but performed stage work includes a full length play, three pantomimes, six children's musicals, and a large number of monologues and sketches.
In Scandal in Prior’s Ford, publishing on 13th January 2011, Prior’s Ford’s Women’s Rural Institute finds itself on the verge of a civil war when Moira Melrose is defeated in her bid to become president for the third time by newcomer Alma Parr. Moira seeks revenge by trying to outdo the Parrs’ extravagant Christmas outdoor decorations, and the feud escalates from there, setting neighbour against neighbour. At the same times, a former villager returns to set up the village’s first holiday home, causing deep resentment, and things are going from bad to worse at Tarbethill Farm when building starts on the field that Victor McNair persuaded his father Bert to hand over to him…
Praise for Evelyn Hood
For Secret’s in Prior’s Ford:
‘Village life in the Scottish borders is perfectly captured in this first book of a new series, which will appeal to you if you enjoyed Rebecca Shaw or Gervaise Phinn. Recommended’
- The Book Bag
For Drama Comes to Prior’s Ford:
‘Love Emmerdale and Heartbeat? Then don’t miss this hugely enjoyable snapshot of country life’
- Daily Record
For Evelyn Hood:
'Hood is immaculate in her historical detail'
- The Herald
'An extremely good read'
- Historical Novels Review
‘Evelyn Hood has been called Scotland’s Catherine Cookson. Unfair. She has her own distinctive voice’
- Scots magazine