Sarah is grateful for the recognition her writing has had since the 3rd grade, when her favorite teacher sponsored a limerick contest at Easter-time. Sarah won First Place, and a sizable chocolate Easter bunny.

After graduating from full-time homemaking, raising three daughters with her husband Jim of 39 years, Sarah saw the light at the end of the child-rearing tunnel. Enrolled in her first formal writing course through The Institute of Children’s Literature ten years ago, where each lesson shifted from fiction to nonfiction, she completed the advanced course and recognized her aptitude for nonfiction.

Today, the author attends writers’ workshops through OLLI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where she enjoys the challenges of composing creative nonfiction, including poetry and memoir.

Her profile articles and essays have been published in newspapers and regional magazines such as Morgantown Living, WV Living and Outside Bozeman. Her short stories, fiction and nonfiction, have been published in anthologies such as Diner Stories and HeartWood Literary Magazine.

Sarah’s poetry has been published in Madwomen of the Attic anthology, and has won awards with the Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation, and the WV Writer’s Conference Annual Contest. She hopes to see her memoir, a coming-of-age book, published in her lifetime. In the meantime, she enjoys submitting essays on a wide range of topics dealing with life-lessons; her most recent essays can be seen on encouragingdads.com and Grace & Such.

Sarah’s writings reflect her recovery from the effects of alcoholism and sexual abuse, and reveal a restorative work in her once-broken heart. Sober and free since 1986, the author claims Psalm 40:1-2 as a taste of God’s redemptive work in her life:

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire.
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.”

Sarah mentors women in recovery, and considers her participation in Bible study a vital discipline. She also enjoys every moment spent with her three granddaughters.

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