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Fascinated by history, Sara Sheridan is an Edinburgh-based writer of over 20 books including cosy crime noir mysteries set in 1950s Britain and historical novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers. She has also written for children – her picture books I’m Me and Monsters Unite have appeared on CBeebies three times. She occasionally takes on commercial non-fiction project including, in 2017, writing the companion guide to the ITV series, Victoria and in 2019 writing the companion guide to Andrew Davies’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel, Sanditon.
She takes a broad approach to research from the archive to the vintage shop. Sara is also an active campaigner and feminist and in 2019, Historic Environment Scotland published her remapping of Scotland according to female history, Where are the Women, which was tipped later that year by the David Hume Institute. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said it was one of her favourite books of that year.
Sara believes writers need writers and has sat on a variety of committees in writing organisations as well as taking part in a plethora of writing exhibitions. She occasionally mentors fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust and appears regularly as an after-dinner speaker at corporate occasions as well as book festivals and library events.
Sara has been named one of the Saltire Society’s 365 most influential Scottish women, past and present. Sara is also patron of registered Edinburgh charity Its Good 2 Give, which provides support for critically ill children and their families.