My love of stories began early. Ever since I can remember I have adored novels, films, TV drama and plays. But most especially novels.
As a child, I read anything I could lay my hands on, from Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers (so appealing to a state school kid!) to The Secret Garden, Tom’s Midnight Garden and the Narnia Chronicles, and onto Austen, Eliot, Banks and Plath, amongst others, as a teen. To study English Literature at degree level was a natural progression and from there I moved into journalism and copywriting.
I’ve been told I have a forensic mind and this stands me in good stead as an editor. Along with a clear understanding of narrative structure, character arc and points of craft like show don’t tell, I am detailed and specific in my analyses. There’s nothing better that helping a writer find their voice and develop a compelling story, whether or not they wish to be published. And I am a novelist, as well as an editor and mentor, so while everyone’s journey is unique, I have personal insight into and understanding of the pleasures and pains of authoring. It puts me in an ideal position as a mentor.
I have published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories.
Mentoring and manuscript assessment for a UK-based consultancy. I have worked with authors on submissions to agencies, as well as seeing manuscripts through from initial concept to completed novel.
I have edited a number of non-fiction self help books, including the best selling 'Making Friends with Anxiety', as well as working with a variety of emerging authors on their novels, both as editor and mentor.
I work as a develomental and structural editor, and mentor, for a variety of clients for an international consultancy, specialising in the genres listed above. I have helped novels to competition shortlistings and publication, digital and print.
A warm and supportive little book to help ease worry and panic by bestselling author Sarah Rayner - new edition for 2016. Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah Rayner shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, n... read more
Julie O'Hagan is worried. It's time for daughter Bridget to start school. The ordinary suburb where Julie was raised is not that ordinary any more. Organic eateries and wine bars have opened everywhere and the Broccoli Brigade have moved in, education and media vegetarian types in beanie hats with hummus guzzling kids who are taking up all the places at Broadoak, the best primary. Husband Bill... read more
Moffat is an indiscriminate killer and verbose criminal thriving in the underbelly of 19th-century London. When he unexpectedly inherits Gibbous House, an expansive estate in Northumbria, he heads north on a journey that raises questions about his own identity and quickly leads to issues of morality, addiction and murder.Gibbous House, Moffat discovers, already plays home to a motley cast of c... read more
AN OBSERVER NEW FACE OF FICTION FOR 2017'An original and affecting coming-of-age novel' The Observer'Fuses life's big themes with daily minutiae ... A voice of the next generation' Stylist'A vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship' The IndependentRavine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went in... read more
Smart and sexy divorcee Lucy Shaw, Shaw by name but unsure by nature, wants to find something – or someone – to bring her lasting happiness. But she keeps looking in all the wrong places: including the chocolate aisle of her local supermarket, the occasional bottle of vodka and her complex and troubled past, and she finds she loses more than she gains – a husband, her patience, her enormous bo... read more
‘Masterfully paced…a cinematic and action-packed read that will have readers following Nadia to the ends of the Earth!’ – BestThrillers.comThe only thing worth killing for is family.Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.Bound to work fo... read more
What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards - and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha's dis... read more
‘A must read… A robust, resilient friend for everyone considering their fertility and an essential addition to any fertility professional’s bookshelf’ Susan Seenan, Chief Executive, Fertility Network UK‘A brilliant and well-written piece of work’ Francesca Steyn, Head of Nursing, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health From fertility counsellor Tracey Sainsbury and Sarah Rayner (bestsel... read more
After 20 years of marriage and three children, full-time mum Pia Pasternack came home one day to find a note on the doormat and her husband gone… Heartbroken, this was the first of a series of revelations that left her and her family reeling. But gradually Pia built herself back up, and in Making Peace with Divorce, written together with bestselling author Sarah Rayner (Making Friends with Anx... read more
‘Beautifully written – very gentle, personal and not at all frightening – a great resource for both patients and professionals when reassurance is needed.’ Doreen O’Hara, COPD Specialist Nurse‘A very helpful gathering of advice, support and information for the huge majority who don’t know how to navigate the system.’ Dr Rachel Sheils, Consultant in Palliative Medicine From GP and hospice docto... read more
Abandoned time and again by those he holds dear, Patrick Clement is forging a reputation as a forensic sculptor, helping to identify the unclaimed missing. But he can’t leave behind a remarkable summer night in 1993, spent alone on Brighton’s derelict West Pier with Black, a beautiful photography student. Patrick is haunted by the fact that no sooner did he get to know her than she disappeared... read more
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In-house editor for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (Literary Agent of the Year 2018); freelance editor, proofreader and copywriter.
Qualified editor and indexer well-versed in a wide range of subjects and genres including fiction, non-fiction, history, crime, and law.