Sorrel Pitts grew up near Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. After graduating in English Literature and Language, she worked as a magazine editor before spending the rest of her twenties as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Turkey and Spain. She returned home in her early thirties to complete an MA in Publishing. Now living in Oxford, she worked as Commissioning Editor for before moving into her current position as Editorial Manager for Oxford University Press. The River Woman is her first novel.