Clare Ward-Smith

Clare Ward-Smith

Clare spent her formative years in The Midlands and The North of England.  She was always an obsessive reader but she began writing at University with a piece for her college paper about the startling conversion of her student hedonist friends into accountants.  Clare later moved to London to train as a lawyer, but maintained her interest in writing; by day, she worked as a financial services litigator, by night, she was a secret columnist for The Times newspaper. Eventually, Clare turned her column into a successful legal blog  (www.anonymousassistant.com) which then formed the basis of her first novel, Labour Law (a comedic look at gender discrimination).  To Clare’s delight, Labour Law was shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize, Helen Lederer’s pioneering project to promote female comedy writing.

Clare now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing, Clare enjoys sport and creative things, and she designs and manages her daughter’s school’s merchandise range.