Sara Sheridan is a bestselling Scottish writer and author most famous for the Mirabelle Bevan series, cosy crime noir mysteries set in 1950s Brighton, as well as a series of historical novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers.
Her first book, Truth or Dare, featured in the Sunday Times Top 50, was nominated for the Saltire Prize and was listed in the Scottish Libraries Top 100 Books, and in 2015 she was named one of The Saltire Society’s 365 most influential Scottish women, past and present.
In 2016, with her daughter, she founded REEK Perfume – a fragrance company that speaks out against the lack of female memorialisation throughout history and challenges beauty industry norms.
She’s an active campaigner and feminist, a twitter evangelist and a self-confessed swot. She’s appeared as a commenter on TV and radio, and has sat on a variety of committees in writing organisations as well as taking part in a plethora of writing exhibitions.
Sara is also a patron of It’s Good 2 Give!, a charity run by our previous inspirational guest Lynne McNicoll OBE, which provides support for critically ill children and their families.
02.00 Sara’s early life
06.40 Sara’s education
08.50 Sara’s passion becoming her career
11.10 How did Sara’s career unfold?
13.40 Why did Sara decide to write her first book?
16.50 Writing a book 20 years ago vs now
18.00 What is Sara’s creative process?
21.30 What is Sara’s writing process?
25.05 What inspired Sara to write the Mirabelle Bevan series?
32.00 How does Sara research her novels?
36.20 Was the Mirabelle series planned out in full from the outset?
39.00 Does Sara prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?
40.00 REEK perfume and how it began
49.20 What does feminism mean to Sara?
51.50 Creating a more equal society
54.40 Sara on her purpose
55.50 Sara on her legacy
58.00 How does Sara define success?
59.40 Money and impact
1.00.10 Best advice received
1.01.40 Advice to 20 year old self
1.03.20 Where does Sara sit on the political spectrum?
1.04.50 Scottish independence
1.07.00 Changing the world
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