About Sarah Mayberry

Well, you asked for it (or maybe you just accidentally clicked on the wrong tab...)

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer. In pre-school I was always rifling through the craft cupboard, looking for paper to take home and turn into “books”. And I’ve always loved reading. As a teenager, I perfected the art of walking home from school while reading at the same time. (Okay, occasionally I tripped.)

I discovered romance novels through both my grandmothers. On my mother’s side, it was old hard-cover romances from the sixties. My father’s mother was a little more hip - she had the latest Mills and Boons and I tore through them like a greedy little so-and-so. Which kind of naturally led to Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams teen romances. Those were the days...

After I finished high school, I did a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing. I started trying to write my first romance novel around that time. Thanks to Georgette Heyer, my early attempts were all Regency romances. They will never see the light of day. Enough said. Then I tried contemporary romance. Again, no joy. But I was building an extensive collection of rejection letters, so there’s always a bright side.

Since no one was banging down my door offering me a publishing contract for a gazillion dollars, I took a job in trade journalism writing about...wait for it...hardware. Nuts and bolts and electric drills. Six years of them, in fact. From journalism I moved into corporate communications for a major retailer, launching a new consumer magazine for them, and finally I wound up working in television on Australia’s longest running serial drama, Neighbours. This was a great job, and it taught me an enormous amount about character, story, structure and emotional story telling. It also helped me see where I’d been going wrong with my romance writing.

I went back to the drawing board. I wrote. I submitted. I waited. More than a year and a couple of revisions later, I got The Call. Much dancing with underwear on head and champagne swilling ensued.

I still write for TV - mostly Neighbours, but I also co-created a teen drama series called Karaoke High that screened in New Zealand, Canada, France and Australia. And I occasionally help out on other shows and consult on movie projects. Mostly, though, it’s just me in my PJs, hanging around with my laptop, writing about the stuff I love to read - romance - with my furry black dog, Max, by my side. Long may it continue!

Sarah's Awards

I've been fortunate enough to have my work recognised by a number of awards. It's pretty much a dream come true, really - right up there with getting letters from readers.

2013
Romantic Book of the Year
Her Favourite Rival

Romance Australia

2013
Romantic Novella
of the Year
Worth The Risk

Romance Australia

2009
Reviewers Choice Best Blaze
She’s Got It Bad

RT Magazine

“I have sex,” Grace shrugged.
“I meant with a man,” Claudia said dryly.
“Now why would I ruin something so good by inviting a man along?” Grace asked.

All Over You

All Over You

"I promise that if you fall, I will catch you. And I know you’ll do the same for me."

Almost a Bride

Almost a Bride

"His hands smoothed over soft fabric before finding the warmth of her skin. She tasted so good. Like sin. Like every dirty thought he’d ever had."

Her Best Worst Mistake

Her Best Worst Mistake

“Forgive me for being the stupidest man on the planet?” Jake asked.
“Careful. You’re talking about the man I love.”

Her Secret Fling

Her Secret Fling

"She ate toast in bed, then reread a favorite book, taking comfort from a story where she knew the outcome would be good and just and right..."

Within Reach

Within Reach