Penelope Ward: Biography

Penelope Ward

10 jul 1975

Penelope Ward is the American author of seven novels, several of which have become New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling titles. She was raised in Boston as the youngest child and only daughter, alongside her five elder brothers. Ward worked as a news anchor for many years before leaving the industry to start a family and to try her hand at writing novels.

Ward writes contemporary mystery and romance novels. She regards other similar writers as great influences on her work. These authors include Jamie McGuire, A.L. Jackson, E.L. James and Colleen Hoover. She is perhaps best known for her novel Roomhate which reached the top spot on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and peaked at second place on the New York Times bestseller list after its publication in February 2016. It was published using an independent publishing platform. The novel tells the story of a woman whose ex-boyfriend comes to live in the same house as her following an ownership dispute. It is a sexually explicit romance novel and an author’s note warns that it was written to be read by over-18s.

Penelope Ward now lives in Rhode Island with her husband, son and daughter, who has been diagnosed with autism. She is an avid reader, usually choosing to buy and read books categorised as ‘new adult’ novels. She loves coffee and spending her free time in the company of her family and good friends. She is an active writer and continues to publish novels each year.