Sarah Bower is the author of three novels and her work has been translated into ten languages. Her first novel, The Needle in the Blood, won the Susan Hill Award 2007 and her second, The Book of Love, was a Toronto Globe and Mail bestseller. Her most recent publication is Erosion, written under the penname S. A. Hemmings. She has taught creative writing at UEA, Lingnan University in Hong Kong and the Open University as well as for the Unthank School. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, and was shortlisted for the Curtis Brown scholarship in 2001. She works as a mentor to fellow novelists and runs the mentorship scheme for literary translators founded by the British Centre for Literary Translation and now managed by Writersâ€™ Centre Norwich.