After many years as a journalist, Sarah-Kate tired of trying to make the facts fit a good story and embarked on a career as a novelist.
Over the next couple of decades, she published three works of non-fiction and nine novels which sold in excess of 500,000 copies around the world.
During this time she became a columnist for the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, a magazine she had previously edited, before moving to New Zealand Woman’s Day where as well as writing about handbags and husbands, she was Travel Editor until COVID-19 kicked the entire magazine group to the curb about which she is not at all bitter. Shut up. She isn’t.
Luckily Sarah-Kate had recently launched herself into the medium of television, starting off writing scripts for popular NZ soap opera Shortland St; moving on to Series 2 and 3 of Australian co-production 800 Words; adapting someone else’s novel for the thriller, The Bad Seed (for which she won Best Script at the NZ Television Awards 2019); and creating and writing her own thriller, Canadian co-production The Sounds, shot in New Zealand in 2019, going to air 2020.
For a woman who long made a living out of writing rom-com novels about food, her penchant for thrillers may seem surprising but as it turns out she is quite windswept and mysterious on the inside.
However her next show is a drama set on another magnificent piece of New Zealand coastline and she is also working on a traumedy called If You See Kay, loosely based on her 2014 tongue-in-cheek memoir, Screw You Dolores.