Sara Foster is an internationally published, bestselling author living in Western Australia. She has written seven novels: The Hush, You Don’t Know Me, The Hidden Hours, All That is Lost Between Us, Shallow Breath, Beneath the Shadows and Come Back to Me. Her latest published work is a novella, The Deceit, first released as an Audible Original in July 2022 and published by Blackstone (US/Can) in February 2023. She is currently working on a new psychological suspense When She Was Gone, due for release in 2024.

Sara is passionate about writing strong female characters and incorporates contemporary themes into her books, which often traverse the genre areas of psychological suspense, family noir and crime thrillers. She recently graduated from Curtin University with a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for her PhD work on maternal relationships in dystopian fiction with young adult heroines. Her work has been optioned for television and You Don’t Know Me was turned into a chart-topping crime podcast dramatisation by Listnr. 

Sara writes regularly for her readers on her Substack Novel Thoughts and Wild Ideas

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  • Christmassy newsletter went out yesterday with a link to my top books of the year and two great competitions to win proof copies of next year’s blockbusters, one for Aus/NZ readers (Anna O by Matthew Blake, endorsed by Lee Child) and one for US/Canadian readers (The Sanctuary by Andrew Hunter Murray, endorsed by Harlan Coben). If you want to join in for 2024 it goes out every quarter with news about my books and the best in women’s writing, psych suspense and crime, plus there are giveaways and you’ll get extra bulletins letting you know about all my new releases. Links to read this one and to subscribe are in my bio.
  • It’s that time of year! Today on Substack, my ten favourite reads of the year written by women, some more titles I’ve enjoyed, and the books I’m already looking forward to reading in 2024. Link in my bio, and thanks for the wonderful books @annafunderauthor @tjenkinsreid @bonnie_garmus_author @kuangrf @heathergudenkauf @hojay92 @natashalesterauthor @bmcarrollauthor @lisajewelluk @raecairnswrites ❤️🙏🏻📚
  • Motivated Monday! I had a lovely weekend and I’m still buzzing and full of nostalgia after the fantastic Robbie Williams concert in the Swan Valley last Friday (scroll through for a taste of it - and it only took us two hours to get home 😜). Christmas is coming around way too fast and I’m trying (and failing) to keep up with the pace of it all - I got out for a quick walk this morning and my plan for today is to compile my fave reads of the year and chat about my changing reading habits for Substack tomorrow, before I get back to editing When She Was Gone for the rest of the week. So plenty to keep me busy! How’s your week looking?
  • Just published my Author Notes for November - this month I’m talking about review bombing, AI audio narrators, women’s fiction and burning the Handmaid’s Tale! I love writing these, and if you love a peek behind the scenes at the writing and publishing industry then I hope you enjoy this one.  Link in my bio.
  • Great news from @listnrcrime who did an amazing job of adapting my novel You Don’t Know Me into a six-part drama podcast series! Congratulations to everyone involved!
  • You know I talk a lot about the books I’ve published, but do you know about the novel I wrote that got rejected? I hope this week’s Substack helps and encourages anyone struggling with worries about failure and rejection, particularly around creative work. 
Links to read in my bio.
  • Motivated Monday! Bleary-eyed but happy at 6.30 am this morning, about to write my Substack then start work on some last structural edits for my new book When She Was Gone, after a great chat with my publisher and agent last week. My new psych suspense is full steam ahead for release in September 2024 and I can’t wait to share it with you!
PS for those who follow my Substack, you’ll also be pleased to know I’m also being left alone in the cafe at the moment - long may it last 💃
PPS Update an hour later - spoke too soon, it didn’t last 🙄 but my brush off tactics are well developed now!
  • New on Substack today! I'm mixing it up again with a combined book and film review, discussing the new Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes movie, why the Hunger Games story has endured for the last fifteen years and how it plays into the cultural imagination. Hope you enjoy this one, and please come and join me on Substack to read all my posts about writing and creativity. (Links to Substack in my bio.)
  • How lucky am I to be part of this wonderful writing group quartet, with @holdensheppard @jtaylorauthor and @davidallanpetale . We had our annual Writers of the North event yesterday where we answered lots of audience questions about all things writing and publishing and got to hang out and sign books over a delicious afternoon tea. Many thanks to Clarkson library, Sharon Carnegie and the team for putting this on and to @dymocksjoondalup for providing the books for sale. And finally a huge thank you to everyone who came along and all the great questions. See you next year!

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