Sarah Johnson lives with her family at Whaingaroa Raglan on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
The Bold Ship Phenomenal is her third trade book for children to be published in New Zealand. Sarah won the Joy Cowley Award 2011 for her picture book, Wooden Arms (Scholastic NZ, 2012), which is also available in te reo Maori as Poupou Tauawhi (Scholastic NZ, 2012). Her previous chapter book, Ella and Ob (Scholastic NZ, 2008), was shortlisted for the 2006 Tom Fitzgibbon Award.
The Bold Ship Phenomenal was one of only two children's chapter books shortlisted for the 2013 Kobo/NZ Authors E-publishing Prize.