Sara Sheridan

«I have a very strong sense that we only know where we are by looking clearly at where we've come from.»

Sara Sheridan


«My fascination with history is as much about the present as it is about the past.»

Sara Sheridan


«Historical fiction of course is particularly research-heavy. The details of everyday life are there to trip you up. Things that we take for granted, indeed, hardly think about, can lead to tremendous mistakes.»

Sara Sheridan


«I've always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures, and each item always had a tale attached.»

Sara Sheridan


«I was fired ignominiously from the Junior School Choir for being so off tune that the choir mistress declared she couldn't even bear to have me mime.»

Sara Sheridan


«I knew that I was talented. I was positive about that. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was talented at, but I was ambitious enough to wait it out and see what turned up.»

Sara Sheridan


«There were so many wrongs piling up on both sides, so much of the past being dragged into the present, that living there was like carving the story of your life on to a sepulchral monument.»

Sara Sheridan


«It seemed to me that these months of watching and listening, second-guessing words and phrases, seeking so much that was new, had somehow changed me.»

Sara Sheridan


«People who inspire such contradictory emotions must be worthwhile, I reasoned.»

Sara Sheridan


«In crime books it's possible to chart forensic technology by how well it has to be explained to a reader. In mid-Victorian crime novels fingerprinting has to be explained because it's new. Nowadays it's part of our world and we can simply assume that knowledge if we write about it.»

Sara Sheridan


«The bonds between a family are strange indeed.»

Sara Sheridan


«I've been obsessed with stories since I was a kid so it's no surprise that I ended up writing for a living.»

Sara Sheridan


«A chap wouldn’t hole up in Occupied France just to get away from his wife, Vesta.»

Sara Sheridan


«The devil was always in the detail. And here the detail was certainly devilish.»

Sara Sheridan


«An aunt is a safe haven for a child. Someone who will keep your secrets and is always on your side.»

Sara Sheridan


«Social and cultural history is often comprised of whatever diaries and letters remain and that is down to chance and wide open to interpretation.»

Sara Sheridan


«You spill a lot of beans in historical fiction. Crime fiction is about spilling no beans at all. You spill the least beans you possibly can. So because I had already written historical fiction before I was really good at the spilling beans section, but the new skill I had to learn when I was writing Brighton Belle was difficult. I had to avoid the equivalent of shouting, "this character's a murderer! Look who did it!.»

Sara Sheridan


«Covert operations relied on the unguarded slip, the unconscious choosing of one word over another.»

Sara Sheridan


«You couldn’t see the soldiers as people. They were icons.»

Sara Sheridan


«I believe the era of the militant lady is back.»

Sara Sheridan


«When you fake emotion for a living, when you make your money providing fantasies for other people, tuning into their worlds and indulging them, you don’t invite someone into your world very easily.»

Sara Sheridan


«Like good reading skills, good writing skills require immersion and imaginative engagement.»

Sara Sheridan


«Mirabelle was always an enigma, and he had the sense that if he pushed her, she’d bolt.»

Sara Sheridan


«As a novelist it is my job to tell stories that inspire and entertain but I am increasingly mindful that many of these historical tales (which of themselves are fascinating) relate directly to our issues in society today.»

Sara Sheridan


«Vesta was so good with paperwork – you could hand her a file of drab, seemingly dull information and she’d construct a story from it worthy of a novel.
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Sara Sheridan


«People make interesting assumptions about the profession. The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two.»

Sara Sheridan


«Occasionally a particular word or phrase in a letter or diary has sparked an entire plot - like an echo from history, still very alive.»

Sara Sheridan


«This investigation felt difficult, like driving in fog.
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Sara Sheridan


«I can't bear literary snobbery.»

Sara Sheridan


«In wartime people took action because of what they believed in. In peacetime people were driven by their private concerns.»

Sara Sheridan