Unintentionally, I feel that the stories I write have in some small way told a piece of my own life. Or perhaps have help me lay to rest that part of my journey, as life has turned me in a new direction. Undoubtedly there is an element of therapy to the writing and I feel blessed to have a creative outlet.  

My name is Sarah Northwood and I’m a British fiction author, wife and mum to two gorgeous girls. I’ve been writing for around four years now and publishing for three, with my gorgeous writing buddy, a King Charles Spaniel named Charlie.

As a multi-genre author, it’s also true that the different branches of my writing tree, have allowed me to explore different sides of my personality. 

Poetry is a way for me to express emotions and discover truths I perhaps didn’t know existed. My children’s work allows my imagination to stomp into the fields and explore adventures and untold possibilities. 

The books I’ve written for adults, which usually fall into the thriller, especially psychological category, are my outlets to delve deeper into the psyche. 

Although I wouldn’t dream of singling out one of my book babies, She’s Not Gone is one of the works I’m most proud of. Lots of fictious stories focus on things that happen, but I can suspend my disbelief and pretend ‘it’s not real!’ However, with She’s not gone I couldn’t do this. I’ll explain.

Originally the story started as an attempt for me to try out a new style. I’d previously written shorter novella lengths work and thought I may as well embrace the short story. Years ago, I had a car that broke down for no reason and then would miraculously start working again. What if the car broke down to protect its passengers? My character Eva and then Katie were born but the short story didn’t work. 

As soon as I realised Katie had found herself in an abusive relationship, I knew justice needed to be done to her situation and to all those like her. I had to ensure that the story, even though fictious, gave a realistic, empathetic and understandable view. It was around this time things started to become harder. Researching this topic and speaking to people who had endured and even escaped these relationships, made it tougher for me to pretend. I felt every word when I wrote this story! But thankfully for Katie, she found her new beginning. Proving to me and the readers that through courageousness and inspiring strength, there is hope.

Stories like these shed light on those who walk in the darkness. 

She’s Not Gone Blurb:

A gripping psychological thriller with a twist of evil and a slice of the supernatural.

When Daryl charms his way into Katie’s life, sweeping her off her feet, she thinks she’s found the love of her life. Until he cuts her off from her friends and starts to control everything in her life, right down to the food she puts on her plate.

There is a monster inside of Daryl that plays on his insecurities, and the monster is ready to come out and play.

Will Katie make the most important decision of her life before it’s too late?

Who will protect her when she discovers Daryl’s deadly secret?

She’s Not Gone Excerpt

Once the illusion is shattered, though the glass may cut your skin to shreds, at last, truth is revealed. Painful, bloody and real.

Sarah Northwood.

British fiction author Sarah Northwood lives in a small village with her husband, two children and writing companion, a King Charles Spaniel. She is the author of nine books, which cover poetry, psychological thriller and children’s works. When not writing, she enjoys making good piano music sound passable and inventing new pieces.
Her poetry books include: Butterfly Dreams, The truths We Tell and Little Moments of Calm.
Her thrillers include: The Unravelling, The Volunteer and She’s Not Gone.
Her children’s books include: Unicorns are real and other cool poems, Legend of the Night Unicorn and Aerwyn, the girl who dreams.

“Growing up in a little town, I was surrounded by animals and a loving family. However, I never quite knew what I wanted to be when I was older. I’ve spent most of my working career working in science until a new life beckoned. Now I believe in never growing up! I am a Wife and Mum to two wonderful girls, who rock my world, they inspire me every day. I enjoy writing stories for children and adults. I’m a fan of romance, rhyme, poetry and composing songs. In addition, I also work part time at my local school, which I love! I have a trusty companion, Charlie, who is my King Charles spaniel. Wherever my adventures take me, he is by my side.” 

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2 Comments

  1. Kate

    I love the idea of a car breaking down to protect its owner. I had a mini who would randomly breakdown for no reason and used to joke it did so to avoid bad things. I also like the idea of an author being multi genre as I tend to ping from ideas for children’s stories to romance and YA. Thanks for sharing x

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  2. Mai Taylor

    I was lucky enough to read a sample of She’s Not Gone the other day, and it really does sound like a great read. Thank you for sharing the background to it.

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