The short bio:
Sara grew up in Vermont where she developed a love for the outdoors, even if it is just looking at it from the inside. After practicing law in Washington, D.C. for a few years, she moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where her love of story-telling increased, helped greatly by her growing family. Sara has participated in many children’s writing courses and writing conferences. She is an active member of SCBWI and 12x12. When not thinking of picture plots, Sara can be found managing a pilates studio, knitting, cooking or traveling.
And the long version:
Sara grew up with her two brothers on a mountainside in Vermont where the maple trees were all tapped for sap. Maybe that is why she loves syrup so much.
Her junior year abroad in Spain was her favorite part of college. After a failed attempt at being a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, she moved to Washington DC where she worked for several non-profits, putting her Spanish fluency to good use. Then she went to law school and specialized in special education law for children in the foster care system where she saw first-hand the difficulties so many children experience in our public schools.
When her husband accepted a job with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, they moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with their 10- month old son. Sara tried to learn Amharic but that did not work out very well. On beautiful days, they would drive up a mountain and have a picnic overlooking the valley filled with one lone acacia tree.
After a stint in Baltimore and two more children, the family moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico. The conversations at the lunch table flipped between English and Spanish depending on which parent was speaking. With opportunities to travel and explore the country and culture, stories abounded and Sara began to write picture books.
Now she lives in Providence, RI where she hopes to live for a long time. Most mornings find Sara out walking the family dog, Griffin, and working on sticky points in plots. When she is not thinking of picture books, Sara can be found managing a Pilates studio, knitting, cooking or watching soccer games live or on tv.
- 1988: Goucher College
- 1996: DC School of Law
- 2012: RISD, Writing for Children’s Books
- 2015: 2016: Intensive Picture Book Workshop I and II by Anastasia Suen
- 2015: KidLitWriting School, Picture Book A to Z Revising Picture Books by Sudipta Bardhan-Quall
- 2017: The Children’s Book Academy, Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Books by Mira Reisburg
- 2017: Reading for Research ReFoReMo
Workshops & Conferences:
- 2013: NESCBWI Encore conference
- 2014: SCBWI New York City conference
- 2015, 2016, 2017: SCBWI’s Whispering Pines Writer’s Retreat
Special thanks to my three wonderful kids for the use of all their artwork.
Three fun things you might not know about me:
I have traveled to every inhabited continent.
I like to cook food from other countries and cultures which often lead me to wonder how the food was discovered.
In 8th grade, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and still love to write.