Sara Marshall-Ball spent her formative years in Cambridge. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Derby and moved to Brighton in 2007. She worked as a proofreader of gravestones to support herself through her MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex, during which she wrote much of Hush. The novel was shortlisted for the Writer’s Retreat Competition (now the First Drafts Competition) in 2012. Marshall-Ball currently works as an insurance claims assessor and is working on her second novel.