Rachel Ward

Welcome to the website of Rachel Ward, author of books for teenagers and young THE DROWNING 2 Cover stg2cadults; the Numbers trilogy and The Drowning.

I love searching online and finding out about books and writers, so I thought I’d do the decent thing and give readers a peek into my world…

I hope you enjoy exploring the site. You can find out a bit about me, read about my books and what’s coming up next. You can also find out which events I’ll be visiting and how to contact me.


‘Water Born’ the sequel to ‘The Drowning’ is out now in the UK.

I’ve written a few short pieces about the book and will be guesting on some wonderful blogs over the coming weeks. I’ll try and remember to put the links here for you.

First up is a guest blog on the fab So Many Books, So Little Time blog where I talk about writing sequels which jump generations. A big thank you to Sophie for hosting me!

You can find a post about the long, hot summer of 1976 on Wondrous Reads. Thanks to Jenny for hosting me!

I’ve written about writing as a boy on The British Book Nerd‘s blog. Thank you to Tiffa for hosting this stop on my virtual tour!

When my publisher, Barry Cunningham asked me if I was scared of water, I said no, but maybe that wasn’t the whole truth. I write about my lifelong relationship with water on Writing from the Tub. Thanks to Carly for letting me stop by on her blog!

A little about the book to whet your appetite.

‘Nic’s always loved the water, so being chosen for the swimming team means everything. When she begins to hear a disembodied voice in the pool, she turns to her dad for answers from a past he might not want to remember. And when girls her age begin mysteriously drowning, Nic may be the only one who can uncover the murky truth …’

You can read the book on its own, but those who have already read ‘The Drowning’ will get an extra thrill as they realise who Nic is and who is talking to her in the water …

Stop Press:

I will be appearing at the STREAM Festival in South London on 8th November, in a panel event on teen thrillers with the lovely Keren David and James Dawson, 4.00-5.00pm. It’s FREE, but you have to book tickets, which you can do here.

‘The Drowning’ has been shortlisted for Oldham’s Brilliant Books Award 2014. I made a short video to celebrate.

‘The Drowning’ was shortlisted for the Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Award and for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award. A BIG thank you to everyone who voted!

The Drowning’ was longlisted for the Catalyst Book Award in North Lanarkshire!

Numbers has won the Maidstone Area Book Award! A huge thank you to everyone who voted!

I enjoyed my first year as Patron of Reading for Pontypridd High School and am looking forward to working with everyone at PHS next year.

Film News: Numbers is being developed as a movie UK film company Warp. I know that lots of Numbers readers are also keen actors and would love to know about casting for the film. I promise I’ll post any news I have about this here and will also tweet about it. Are you following me on Twitter? My ID is @RachelWardbooks





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