Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?
Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?
Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?
And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.
“A gripping page-turner – the twists kept coming! And the family dynamics were utterly convincing …” Catherine Ryan Howard author of Distress Signals & The Liar’s Girl
“This gripping story about families and secrets takes the meaning of ‘deception’ to a new level.” Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters
“With her vibrant prose and razor-sharp observation, Sanjida’s story hooked me right from the start, pulling me in with an increasing sense of unease until the final spine-chilling climax.” Caroline England author of Beneath the Skin
Available now to buy:
Bone by Bone
The Stolen Child
My Mother’s Secret
Our family is sponsoring a child in Zambia. We’re raising money to buy writing desks for her school. Mavellous shares a desk with seven other children and a classroom with 100 pupils. Please help us if you can by donating here.
You can help stop bullying by buying a copy of Bone by Bone; I make a donation for every copy sold to anti-bullying charity, Kidscape
The Royal Literary Fund has recorded a mini -podcast with me on how I write - with a black coffee, and some dark chocolate and then I begin! ‘Writing a novel feels like being an ultra-marathon runner, it’s going to be a gruelling slog to reach 90,000 words and I will be unable to pause, to breathe properly, to take in the view until then.’ You can listen here: https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-hiw/ What do you think? Let me know how you write. read more →
In a few days time I’m heading to Ted Hughes’ old house, Lumb Bank, in Hebden Bridge, to teach an Arvon Foundation course on how to write a literary thriller, with fellow author, Adam LeBor. I’m looking forward to meeting guest author, Felica Yap, who wrote, Yesterday, as well as returning to the wilds of Yorkshire where I grew up. Most of what one can learn about writing a thriller will apply to any kind of fiction - character, plot, setting, dialogue, language, style and voice are, of course, vitally important. But what is critical in a thriller…read more →
My Mother's Secret is out in paperback! To celebrate, I'm launching a competition. As I'm sure you're aware my love of cake has made its way into My Mother's Secret. Not only is the protagonist, Emma Taylor, a baker, but quite a few kinds of cake are mentioned throughout My Mother's Secret. So what better way to celebrate the paperback release than with cake and prizes! I'll be holding a competition on my Facebook page from the 7th - 14th of October to see if anyone can guess how many types of cakes there are in My Mother's Secret! The winner will receive…read more →
I’ve just returned to working for charity, First Story, this month. First Story’s aim is to change young people’s lives through writing, particularly those who might be disadvantaged socio-economically, and/or suffer from a lack of confidence. I had my first creative writing workshop with the school I'll be Writer in Residence for last week. Before I met the group of students I’ll be working with, I was wondering what to tell them. I want to inspire them to be writers, as well as to give them the confidence to flourish, but I’m not sure that I personally feel like…read more →