3 Scottish-American Fantasy Writers You Should Know About

Have you been wanting to read more fantasy by Scottish-American writers? Well, look no further than these incredible authors!

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It’s always a good idea to read books from different voices and perspectives. Reading about different countries, cultures, folklore, traditions, etc. is a great way to expand one’s mindset. Plus, it’s just fun! For these reasons, I researched and found three great Scottish-American fantasy writers, along with some of their books. Here are the results!

Emmie Mears

Emmie Mears is a pen name for Maya Evan MacGregor. They have published books under both names, with Mears publishing fantasy and MacGregor publishing YA LGBTQIA+ books. They live in Glasgow where they write and edit all kinds of genres, though they have published more works in fantasy than in any other genre. They are fluent in both English and Gaelic and publish in both languages. They also are an accomplished Gaelic singer and songwriter.

Emmie Mears reaching up a tree while hiking up their dress,
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Their most well-known series is Storm in a Teacup, which is about Mediator Ayala Storme who kills demons at night and does PR during the day. She doesn’t go to Mediator luncheons and avoids a colleague who’s been trying to get with her for years — she just wants to do her job. But a string of disappearances reveals that Nashville’s hellkin are creating a new monster using human hosts, and she becomes the first line of defense. At least, until one of them saves her. Dodging both demons and colleagues, Ayala struggles with learning about the demons’ free will, which changes what she knows about her job.

John Scot Barrowman

Barrowman is an author, singer, comic book writer, actor, and presenter. He is most well known for his acting career — both in theater and on screen — but he has also published a memoir, an autobiography, and a comic strip that he created with his sister, Carole Barrowman, called Torchwood. He’s also doing concerts, appearing at events like Comic Con, and more. He’s certainly a busy man.

Carole and John Barrowman being silly and making faces at the camera.
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He also wrote two fantasy trilogies with his sister. The first was Hollow Earth, which was about a set of special 12-year-old twins named Emily and Matt Calder. They enter paintings and bring art to life, which is highly sought after by a group that wants to enter Hollow Earth. This is where all the evil creatures are trapped forever — unless the twins free them. They flee from London to Scotland, seeking their grandfather’s protection. But nowhere is safe with desperate villains chasing them.

Carole E. Barrowman

Barrowman works at Alverno College as an English professor and the director of their Creative Writing program. She also enjoys watching theater and TV and even teaches a class called Future in Film and Fiction. She has written seven books with her brother, including his memoir and autobiography, as well as their comic, Torchwood.

Carole E. Barrowman laughing while on John Barrowman's back, and he is making a funny face.
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The second fantasy trilogy she and her brother wrote was The Orion Chronicles. It’s about a 17-year-old boy named Rémy, who has three possessions he would protect with his life: his blues harmonica, his mother’s journal, and his gold pendant. These objects are all that he has of his family, and he believes they will lead him to their murderer. But he needs help, specifically from Matt and Em Calder. Rémy also has powers like them; he is a Conjurer, and he can use music to change reality.

I hope this list was helpful! Now it’s time to go add some new books to my TBR.


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