Harriet Smart decided to become a novelist at the age of 10 while sitting in the bay window of her grandparent’s flat overlooking the Tay and Broughty Ferry Castle. She then planned out a three volume family saga despite her family’s suggestions to perhaps start with short stories. She then wrote many, many chapter ones while at school and university, but never managed a chapter two.
When, twelve years later, she found herself unemployed and again in a house over-looking the Tay, that she sat down and actually finished a novel. This was A Garland of Vows, an epic family saga about the life and loves of a Victorian architect. It was published by Headline in 1991. Since then she has written and published several more novels but still has failed to master the short story. Her latest project is a serialised novel, Naked Angels.
Harriet credits her old Amstrad PCW for finally getting her from Chapter One to Chapter Two, and has been a technology lover ever since then. With her husband Dr Julian Smart she co-founded Anthemion Software Ltd to develop and launch innovative software products to help other writers, notably Writer’s Café and Jutoh. Writer’s Café is the only writing software on the market co-designed by a published novelist.
Harriet now lives in Edinburgh, with Julian, their daughter Antonia and a magnificent ragdoll cat called Alfie.