Rosie Howard wrote her first book when she was five. It failed to find a publisher and many years passed before she had another go. As an adult, she spent many years in public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and freelance journalism, until she realized she preferred making things up. Rosie takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and the community in her West Sussex village, where she lives in a cottage with roses around the door, along with her artist husband, their children and other pets. Never Marry a Politician, Rosie’s debut novel (writing as Sarah Waights), was shortlisted from 3,500 entries in the 2014 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and was awarded joint second prize. It was reviewed as ‘laugh out loud funny’ and ‘one to watch’ and was subsequently published by award-winning independent publisher Choc Lit. The Homecoming, her first novel in the Havenbury series, will be published by Allison & Busby in February 2018, and she is working on the second, A Vintage Year, set on a Sussex vineyard, due for publication February 2019.