Sally O’Reilly has a PhD in Creative Writing from Brunel University and teaches Creative Writing at the Open University. A former Cosmopolitan new journalist of the year, she was shortlisted for the Ian St James short story prize and the Cosmopolitan short story award. She is the author of the popular guide How to be a Writer and two previous novels (as Sam O’Reilly), The Best Possible Taste and You Spin Me Round. Dark Aemilia (Myriad, 2014) is her first historical novel.
O’Reilly’s short stories have appeared in the UK, Australia and South Africa. In addition, she has worked as a journalist and editor for Christian Aid and Barnardo’s, and is a contributor to the Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Conversation, Evening Standard and New Scientist. She lives with her family in Brighton.