About Sarah

Sarah Ward Finals 05 2021-3I’m the author of four contemporary crime novels set in the Derbyshire Peak District. My debut novel, In Bitter Chill, was described by the Daily Mail as a ‘tense, well-told story of loss and family secrets’. My second book, A Deadly Thaw, was called ‘relentless in its grip’ by the Financial Times. The third book in the series, A Patient Fury, was The Observer’s Thriller of the Month and The Shrouded Path was described as ‘macabre and unsettling’ by The Guardian.

My Gothic thriller, The Quickening published using my middle name, Rhiannon Ward was a Radio Times book of 2020 and shortlisted for the Dracula Society Children of the Night Award. The Shadowing was published in September 2021 and was a Daily Express book of the year.

I’m the writer of the Doctor Who audio drama The Unwilling Assassin for Big Finish and The Perils of Nellie Bly, featuring the Fifth Doctor.

Articles, reviews and short stories have appeared in the The Guardian, Sunday Express magazine, Metro, Red Online, Big Issue, Traveller and other print and online publications. I was one of the in inaugural judges for The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel and I’m a judge on the Crime Writers Association Dagger for Crime Fiction in Translation.

In addition to writing, I’m an experienced event chair, Board Member of the Crime Writers Association, and a Trustee of Friends of Buxton International Festival. I’m a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Sheffield University. I’m also a member of the Welsh crime writing collective Crime Cymru.

I’m represented by Kirsty McLachlan at Morgan Green Creatives. She can be contacted on kirsty@morgangreencreatives.com