Sarah Alexander was born and bred in London. After spending several years wandering the globe and getting into all sorts of scrapes, she returned to complete a Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck College in London. She now works as an editor on digital language-learning projects. She has had short stories published in The Mechanics’ Institute Review: issue 9 and on Writers’ Hub. Sarah is represented by Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit UK.
Sarah’s debut, THE ART OF NOT BREATHING (Usborne/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Spring 2016) is a Young Adult Contemporary novel pitched as Judith Guest’s ORDINARY PEOPLE meets E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS. THE ART OF NOT BREATHING is about a Scottish teenager who confronts the tempestuous sea—and her family’s tragic past—as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her twin brother’s drowning five years earlier.
- Favorite book growing up: Enid Blyton’s THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE, even though it gave her nightmares.
- Childhood aspiration: An explorer or a writer.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: When she should be doing something else.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Travelling, diving, doing Wasgijs (backwards jigsaw puzzles), watching quiz shows, eating.
- Favorite sports teams: The Jamaican sprinters.
- Surprising personal fact: She hates flying.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Meeting talented and inspiring authors, and being able to say ‘I wrote a book … yes, it is getting published.’
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