Rachel Ward


I’m a fortysomething author, currently writing novels for teenagers and young adults (some adults like them too). My first novel, Numbers, was published in January 2009, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and won regional prizes in the UK and Germany including the Angus Book Award, the Oxfordshire Book Award and the Salisbury Schools Book Award. The Chaos, was published in 2010, and the final book in the trilogy, Infinity, in 2011. My fourth book, The Drowning, is published in the UK in May 2013 and in Germany in December 2013.

I live in Bath, UK, with my husband and two children.

I like:

• Reading
• Early mornings (no, really)
• Dogs, especially lurchers and collies
• Cats (even the mean ones)
• Being at home with my family
• Swimming, especially outdoors
• Watching TV (okay, falling asleep watching the TV)
• Vegetarian food
• Fairtrade anything – Rooibos tea, decaff coffee, chocolate
• Kindness
• Bath (where I live), Keynsham, Swanage, Cornwall, Washington State, Alaska (never been there, but I yearn to go)
• Watching films (Sense and Sensibility, Minority Report, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, School of Rock, Inception, Up, Moon, Moonrise Kingdom, Mission to Lars)
• Potatoes in all their lovely forms
• Going to gigs (sometimes)

Oh yes, and

• Writing

I don’t like:
• Too much noise
• Being late
• Being patronised
• Being bullied
• Prawn cocktail crisps
• Dark mornings and dark evenings


Rachel will be running workshops all about writing crime….