Rachel Ward

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Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward is a 50-something author, who started her writing career with young adult thrillers and has now turned to adult crime. She live in Bath with her husband, son and two dogs. One dog is on high alert in the house, while the other covers many perceived threats outside. Between them, she needs ear defenders and nerves of steel.

As well as writing, she enjoys taking photographs on her daily walks and tries to tweet a picture, usually a city or country view, at the start of each day. She also draws and paints, including landscapes and portraits, people and pets, and takes part in local art trails and exhibitions.

Rachel hosts a fortnightly chat about books on Twitter called #cosycrimeclub and is involved in a library crime book group, as well as Read Easy Bath, a voluntary group providing one-to-one literacy support to adults who wish to develop their reading skills.


Interviewed 25 June 2021

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

‘Hey Baby, Life is a rollercoaster, just gotta ride it.’ (From Rollercoaster, Ronan Keating.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Hole punch, face cream, camera, cup containing dog treats, miniature supermarket trolley, painting of Swanage beach, Easter chick, 4B pencil stub, phone charger.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

A hot salad of sauteed leeks, beetroot and walnuts. Yum.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

I’m very bad in groups, so the thought of seven people has me quailing a little, but if we must… Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Alan Carr, George Harrison, Van Gogh, Turner, Amy Winehouse.

Six things you can't live without ...

the internet, fresh air, my family, my dogs, drinking water, Hot water. That’s about it – this past year has shown us that we can live without a lot of things we previously thought essential.

Five favourite words ...

Cheerful, oval, hoopoe, cosy, smol (the last one is recent and may be a passing fad).

Four places you'd run away to ...

New York, an island off the coast of Sweden/Finland, West coast of Scotland and/or island, Dorset.

Three books you've bought recently ...

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker, The Last One to Burn by Will Dean, The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis.

Two things that make you rant ...

Too many political things to list, so 1. Seeing apples left rotting on the ground, 2. The clocks changing twice a year (I’m discombobulated each time – it does my head in).

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Everything changes, even if it feels like it won’t.