Sarah is dyslexic, as child she was told the she was extremely peculiar would never get a job, learn to read or write. She is now a published author and an award wining HR specialist, having won an Innovation 50 Award for Acketts Group Ltd, although she is currently a trainer for a mental health charity. She has worked as an editor for RASP, an organisation which publishes the work of dyslexic writers. She co-edited, and had her short story Webs, included in the RASP anthology Everything is Spherical. Sarah has a degree in English, American Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Kent. She considers her continuing peculiarity to be a source of pride.
Sarah has also worked as a Waterstones bookseller, where she specialized in children’s books, YA, manga, comics and all forms of speculative fiction. The temptation of her staff discount led to her putting most of what she earned back into the tills (or at least, this is is how it appeared to Sarah’s loved one’s at the time). She has reviewed audiobooks for The Codpast, a podcast aimed at those with an interest in dyslexia. She has been a steering board member of Exceptional Individuals, a neurodiversity employment specialist.
Sarah founded dysbooks.com in 2010 as a resource for dyslexic writers and book lovers. Encouraging a better understanding of mental health, improving access to literacy, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and encouraging inclusive working practices, are all causes Sarah has been passionate about since her teenage years, among many others… Basically Sarah is a weird bookworm who fights for what she believes in and who only knows how to work hard or creatively, because she’s never had any other choice. Sarah’s other interests include gardening, DIY and am dram.
Sarah lives in Lancashire, England with her long suffering husband Mark, their cat Peach and dog Luna.