Sarah Riley


After studying at University Sarah became a nanny on the island of Corfu in Greece. The three children she looked after for two years changed her life and inspired her to write her first children’s novel. However, when she returned to her home in the UK her writing took a back seat as she concentrated on her business career.

A trip to southern India to support the coastal areas damaged by the 2004 Tsunami resulted in her making many life changing decisions, which allowed her desire to write to re-surface. She now lives with her husband Roy in North Devon overlooking the sea and loves nothing more than spending the day at the beach in their old Mercedes campervan, surfing and playing with her two daughters Daisy and Poppy.

Besides writing, Sarah’s favourite things include her Custard Point surfboard, chocolate, skimming pebbles, sunshine and sandy feet.

Beach Potato featured in the Apple iBooks top 10 chart for its category and has enjoyed great reviews from genuine readers throughout the Apple iStore, Barnes&Noble and Smashwords. It is also now available in paperback at the Lulu Bookstore, following the link below.

Here are some genuine Beach Potato reader reviews:

"Great kids book, full of fun and a bit of mystery, joe was the mystery and left you thinking, easy reading. You could picture the village and the surf in your mind and wanted to be there, kids loved it." iBooks

"This was the best book I've ever read." iBooks

"Recommend this book to anyone." iBooks

"I love it bring out a number two please please please." iBooks

"Heartwarming and enjoyable. Could almost imagine being there." iBooks

"I really enjoyed this book. A fun story that I will reread in the future." Barnes & Noble

"This book is great! I can't put it down because its such a page-turner and exciting. It makes me want to go to the nearest beach..." Barnes & Noble

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Beach Potato
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,100. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jess knew that leaving the city was the right thing to do and it would give her a chance to escape the bullying without having to fight it, but she had no idea just how different life in Titterstone would be. Her new home would not only give her new hope, but it would also give her close encounters with pirates, ghosts, surfing big waves and beach adventures. A feel good read for the whole family.

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Smashwords book reviews by Sarah Riley

  • How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months on June 21, 2011

    I devoured this book in one sitting after stumbling on it yesterday by accident. I'm not a fan of John Locke's fiction... yet... but I will be buying some of it soon (and I bet he planned that!). Instead I'm a children's author based in the UK with a story similar to his early days. However, unlike him I'm not a marketing expert, and I've struggled to see the way ahead to publicise my own book. Self publishing is a hard business and I've been knocked down a few times, but after investing in this easy and motivational read I feel refreshed and inspired, and have even outlined a new business plan, based on his advice, to help me on my way. John writes with such confidence I've found it infectious, and I've even heard myself quoting him today. All I can say is thank you John for helping me find my way and giving me the energy to pick myself up, dust myself off and carry on regardless. Sarah Riley Children's Author