Author Sara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh and studied English at Trinity College, Dublin. She spent a short time running an art gallery in Ireland, before returning to Edinburgh in 1991. She started writing full time for her 1998 novel Truth or Dare.
Sara is now based in Edinburgh and writes two different kinds of historical novels. One is a series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in Brighton in the 1950s – Brighton Belle – 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, 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 appears on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and blogs for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. She has written articles for a variety of newspapers from the Scotsman to the Daily Express. She is a twitter evangelist and a self-confessed swot. Sara sits on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland where she recently was responsible for negotiating a pioneering service level agreement between Scottish) writers and publishers, in tandem with Publishing Scotland. She is also 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 and this year in 2012 at the Children’s Museum, Bethnal Green. The 26 Treasures book launched at the V&A in September 2012 and covers the 2010/11 projects.
She is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. Sara mentors fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust and appears regularly as an after-dinner speaker at a variety of corporate events.