Sarah Haywood was born in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. She studied Law at Kent University and Chester College of Law, then worked as a trainee solicitor in London. After qualification, she moved to Liverpool, working first as a solicitor, then as an advice worker with Citizens Advice. She subsequently joined the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman, where she investigated complaints about lawyers. After completing an Open University Creative Writing Course, she studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a Distinction. She lives in Liverpool with her husband, two sons and two ginger cats.
Her debut novel, The Cactus, is published by Hodder. It was an international bestseller and was selected as a Reece Witherspoon Book Club pick.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading (of course) and hiking (she’s recently climbed Snowdon and Scafell and is hoping to conquer Ben Nevis in the not-too-distant future). She also loves puzzles of any kind, especially crosswords, sudokus and jigsaws. She is currently working on her second novel.