Sara Sheridan
Sara Sheridan is an Edinburgh-based historical novelist who writes two different kinds of books. One is a series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in Brighton in the 1950s – Brighton Belle and London Calling so far though there will be 11 - and the other is a set of novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers and adventurers (1820 - 1845) – The Secret Mandarin and Secret of the Sands. She has also written for children – her picture book I’m Me has appeared on CBeebies three times. Tipped in Company and GQ magazines, she has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award. She received a Scottish Library Award for Truth or Dare, her first novel, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. She co-wrote two short films one of which was nominated for a SkyMoviesMax Award. An occasional journalist and blogger, Sara has reported from Tallin and from Sharjah for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and as an expert on ‘being a lady’ on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. She occasionally blogs for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the Huffington Post and the Scottish Book Trust. She has written articles for a variety of newspapers from the Scotsman to the Daily Record as well as the BBC History magazine. She is a twitter evangelist and a self-confessed swot. Sara spent three years sitting on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland where she was responsible for negotiating a pioneering service level agreement between Scottish writers and publishers, in tandem with Publishing Scotland. She is now on the board of the UK-wide writers' collective '26' and took part in the acclaimed 26 Treasures project in 2010 at the V&A, in 2011 at the National Museum of Scotland in 2012 at the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green. A 26 Treasures book was published in 2012 by pioneering crowdsourced publisher Unbound and was launched at the V&A as part of the London Design Festival 2012. She has written about Elizabeth Fry as part of a 26 project at the new UNESCO City of Literature Writers’ Centre in Norwich. Sara is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. Sara occasionally mentors fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust and appears regularly as an after-dinner speaker at a variety of corporate events. In October 2012 Brighton Belle went to No 1 in the Amazon Kindle chart UK – overtaking 50 Shades of Grey in the chart (if only for 48 hours). Sara blogs regularly about her writing life on her Facebook wall. She is also patron of registered charity Its Good 2 Give, which provides support for critically ill children and their families.

Entries by Sara Sheridan

Pay the Writer

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (08:03)

Last year I wrote a piece about the cultural myth of what writers earn, which it transpires, apart from superstars and international bestsellers, is not very much. Ever since the piece appeared, I've developed an interest not only in the overall figure of what our words are worth...

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Christmas Gifts 1950s Style

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (09:27)

The world loves the 1950s. The recent resurgence in high heels, cocktails and home-baking (think cupcake) has made the 50s a decade synonymous with treats. So if you're struggling with your Christmas shopping, look no further for inspiration:

1 Booze
The 50s comes across as a hard drinking era...

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Bloody Scotland

(1) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (12:08)

When Scottish crime writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray were having a late-night drink about three years ago at a Crime Writers' Association conference in Lincoln they came up with an idea. This, of course, is not unusual - writers will drink, their currency is ideas and sometimes...

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What Do Writers Do?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 August 2013 | (10:41)

I live in the world's first UNESCO City of Literature but I worry about that title. I think I'd rather live in a City of Words. Literature, to me, isn't necessarily a good thing - it's exclusive, for a start. It doesn't sell to ordinary people in mass-market...

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Escape the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe

(1) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (15:38)

For the whole of August Edinburgh finds itself knee-deep in tourists visiting the biggest arts festival in the world. The population of Scotland's capital doubles as the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, The Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Television Festival...

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How Scotland Nurtures Its Writing Talent

(3) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (09:21)

I'm a novelist and I live in Edinburgh though the 1950s murder mysteries I write are set in Brighton and London. Some people find this confusing. But you're Scottish they say, as if I ought to restrict my writing to locations within a certain radius of my house. For me,...

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UK's Quirkiest Book Festivals

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2013 | (21:28)

There are almost 150 book festivals all over the UK and most of them take place in the summer. Business is booming and you'd think that one festival would be much like another. After all, the organisers choose from a pool of the same writers and the festivals take place...

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Who Do You Think You Are?

(5) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (15:15)

I have to admit to a certain amount of confusion of late. I was asked recently by a friend 'what' I considered myself. I live in Scotland and here, in the run up to the referendum on independence next autumn, most people are trying to figure out, in essence, if...

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What Writers Earn: A Cultural Myth

(16) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (00:00)

I write historical fiction. I've been a full-time professional writer for almost 20 years. I realized early on that being an author is a hugely misunderstood job. Because there are no pay grades and very little structure, people make interesting assumptions about the profession. The writer is a mysterious figure,...

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On The Death of Margaret Thatcher

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (14:15)

I have an ambivalent relationship with Margaret Thatcher. She came to power in May 1979 - a month before my 11th birthday. I was far too young to have developed a great deal of political awareness. I remember it though - my mother excited at the dinner table because Britain...

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The History of Being a Lady

(28) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (00:00)

Some matters are simply contentious. Sometimes you're never going to get it right. The politics of the Middle East, for example. Whether Scotland should or shouldn't become independent in 2014. Oh, and whether the term 'lady' is outmoded and derogatory or exactly what most women aspire to.

I first became...

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