A former social worker has used her knowledge to pen her debut novel, Comes the Dark.
Pam Turner, who is originally from Fife but now lives in Dundee, spent her career as a frontline social worker in the west of Scotland, where her novel is set.
During her many years in the field, she developed a commitment to supporting victims and survivors of sexual exploitation.
The book, which Pam has written under the name PA Turner, tells the story of 18-year-old Kyle, who is in possession of information which could blow the shadowy world of a high-profile politician wide open.
The story tells how Kyle, one step ahead of his pursuers, flees the harsh realities of Glasgow’s homeless underworld, to the apparent safety of a remote Scottish island.
Pam said: “My 30-plus years in social work taught me a great deal about human nature.
“I have dealt with situations which were shocking in the extreme and worked with people who were incredibly strong, despite what had been done to them, and some who didn’t survive.
“There’s an underworld that most people never hear about, far less see.
“Because they’re vulnerable, some people can become the prey of the very worst in our society.”
Pam added: “Through Kyle, I wanted to show how this can happen and how terrifying and difficult it is to escape and find any kind of normality.”
Pam initially penned her story with the title Rite of Passage, which saw her lift the Scottish Association of Writer’s Constable Silver Stag trophy in 2017.
Now, with a new name and having attracted attention from across the Atlantic, the book is going into print thanks to New England-based Dark Ink Press.
While Pam is already working on the sequel, Darker Still, for now she is concentrating on the official launch of her debut publication on Friday February 1.
Pam is a member of two writing groups, Tay Writers in Dundee and Angus Writing Circle in Arbroath, and has drawn inspiration from her fellow bibliophiles.
“I’m very grateful to everyone who’s supported and encouraged me to turn a lifelong love of the written word into something tangible,” she said. “That’s why I am delighted to be launching the book locally.”