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I teach high school math and creative writing. My students are well aware of my dependence on coffee and my tendency to go off on tangents, but know nothing of my status as houseplant assassin. I adore fairy tales and consider them the best way of getting back to Narnia– at least until I find a working wardrobe. I'm represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary and currently working on a YA fairy tale with my one remaining houseplant.*

Favorite writers and/or artists: Shannon Hale, Jane Austen, J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Rebecca Snead, Kristen Cashore, Kate DiCamillo, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Lloyd Alexander, L.M. Montgomery. 

How I monkey around: I love to write in coffee shops while eavesdropping on nearby conversations, eat chocolate, drink even MORE coffee, steal a blissful afternoon nap on the sofa, and collect random facts. (Did you know using a 0 in arithmetic could get you killed centuries ago?)

* Yes, it's clover– always knew they were lucky!


  1. Sarah, you are just too darn adorable for words...I am blessed to have you in my writer's group...and I adore your photo here! Your students must feel the same way I do! Lucky kids!

  2. Oh Susan, thank you! We had such a good time with Patti, didn't we? I hop we're able to reunite soon...