Hair­dresser cuts it as an au­thor

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Doune crime writer Vicki Clif­ford was the guest at a meet­ing of Cal­lan­der and West Perthshire Ro­tary Club.

Pres­i­dent Peter Ire­land wel­comed Vicki Clif­ford to speak and she en­ter­tained mem­bers with a talk about her route to be­com­ing an au­thor.

Mem­bers en­joyed hear­ing how she trained as a hair­dresser while work­ing her way through univer­sity and achiev­ing a PhD, lead­ing to a ca­reer as an aca­demic at Stir­ling Univer­sity.

But her var­ied ex­pe­ri­ence has stood her in good stead in her foray into the lit­er­ary world.

Peter said:“In a ma­jor change in di­rec­tion, Vicki left academia - but not hair­dress­ing - to turn to crime, writ­ing her first mys­tery novel.

“After try­ing to find a pub­lisher she de­cided to self pub­lish her book un­der the name V Clif­ford and now she has pub­lished four books in a crime se­ries fea­tur­ing her hair­dresser heroine Viv Fraser.

“After an ex­cel­lent talk Ken Ste­wart thanked Vicki on be­half of the au­di­ence.” More about Vicki Clif­ford and her books can be found on her web­site, www.v.clif­

For more about the club go to www. cal­lan­­ or on Face­book.

Any­one who would like to at­tend a meet­ing can go along any Tues­day evening to Cal­lan­der Golf Club. For more about mem­ber­ship con­tact Derek House on 01877 330103.

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