Mona McKinlay, a teacher and psychotherapist, lives in Edinburgh. She has an MPhil in Writing from the University of Glamorgan, and is studying for her PhD at the University of St. Andrews. She has been published in Cutting Teeth, Subtletea, Race Today, and City Limits. Recently highly commended in The New Writer competition, her story, “Sugar Plum Fairy” will shortly be published in The New Writer. Mona is working on her first collection of short stories and novel, The Hypnotist’s House. She has a grown-up son, stepdaughter, and stepson.