SJ (Sarah) Groenewegen
SJ (Sarah) Groenewegen was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She’s lived in Canberra, Birmingham, London, The Hague, and Washington DC. She is now settled in Inverness where she writes full-time.
Her first original novel, The Disinformation War, is scheduled for release in 2023 by the intersectional feminist SF imprint GoldSF (Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press). The story takes place in a near-future Britain and draws on SJ’s 20-year career in law enforcement as an intelligence analyst, and her activism in equality, diversity and inclusion. She was recognised in Her late Majesty’s 2016 birthday honours with a British Empire Medal for services to law enforcement and LGBTQIA diversity.
Science fiction has been a long-time love and the focus of most of SJ’s writing. Her first two published novels are tie-ins to the extended Doctor Who universe, both appearing in Candy Jar Books’ Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart range. The Daughters of Earth (2017) is set in a fictional village in Scotland during the early 1970s and features a renegade alien infiltrating a women’s liberation group. A Most Haunted Man (2022) is a psychological thriller set in England during 1979. Her shorter tie-in fiction has appeared in several anthologies published by Candy Jar and Big Finish.
SJ turned her critic’s eye to examine a 2016 Doctor Who story, Face the Raven, which was published as a monograph in 2018 as part of Obverse Books’ Black Archive series.
S.J often appears at SF conventions (including WorldCon and the British Eastercon) as a panellist and moderator. She speaks on policing/law enforcement in SF, military SF, Doctor Who, fan studies, ‘own voices’ (queer and neurodivergent), politics, history, and writing.