Amateur Carrick author prospers in print

OVER THE MOON: Sadie Reid was thrilled to publish her first novel aged 76.
OVER THE MOON: Sadie Reid was thrilled to publish her first novel aged 76.

AN ASPIRING author has turned her Maybole heritage into a heart-racing tale of mystery and murder with the publication of her first novel.

Lifelong Carrick resident Sadie Reid, 76, grew up in Maybole’s Auchenwynd smallholdings and worked at Gardenrose Primary for 21 years.

But it is her father’s involvement in Maybole’s leather-making history that inspired her latest tale, Murder at the Tannery.

Since retiring to Girvan 19 years ago, where her son Gavin was already an established Dalrymple Street shopkeeper, Mrs Reid has been a avid author. But she had yet to find a publisher willing to take her stories on.

It was the purchase of her Kindle last year that persuaded her to take matters into her own hands and the determined pensioner this month said she was “over the moon” to succeed at self-publishing.

Despite overcoming technological obstacles to the process – she joked it took her three days to work out what all the numbers required were – Mrs Reid said she was delighted to see her work featured in Amazon‘s online Kindle store and has had positive feedback on her debut novel thus far.

“When I read it I had a kind of glow and thought, ‘I have actually done it! My words are in print!” she said.

“To see that and know they are out there and, because I enjoyed reading it myself, I was absolutely over the moon.

“You don’t really appreciate it until you see it in print and it was only when I downloaded it on to my Kindle and read it myself that I thought, ‘This is actually not bad; I’m quite proud of it’.”

Mrs Reid, who has attended Swanwick writing summer school in Derby for the past four years, said she never would have imagined writing and self-publishing a book at her time of life.

“But life goes on and for how long you just don’t know at my age!” she said. “I think there is a future in it and that means a lot to me.”

And Carrick is certain to continue to inspire Mrs Reid in her crime writing career. She is already planning her next addition to the Kindle store, this time a contemporary crime novel entitled Body in a Bag – and is considering a fictitious incarnation of Girvan as its setting.

Murder at the Tannery is available now through the Kindle store at and is priced at 77p.

It is listed under the pseudonym Sarah Wallace – a tribute to Mrs Reid’s late husband, Wallace Reid – and dedicated to her father, William James Anderson.