Sara was a Women's Studies major, went on to build custom Irish flutes and make a living as a fiddle-player, and after pushing out two babies of her own, went back to school to become a labor and delivery nurse. (That's the short version.)


Born and raised in D.C., she now lives with her family at the foot of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains where she writes and works as a nurse.


Sara's recently-completed novel, THE STRONG AMONG USis contemporary adult fiction that explores recovery and resilience through a moody, central love story. She is working on a new project and is currently seeking representation.


  • "Lucky Cow," a short essay on cancer was a finalist in the Women on Writing (WOW) 2019 creative nonfiction contest.

  • "A Boy I Knew Before I Got Like This" (flash fiction) New Reader Magazine, December 2018. This story also received Honorable Mention in the Glimmertrain Very-short Fiction Contest.

  • "Brightwood's Theorem" (short story) Zone 3 Press, Fall 2018. This story was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

  • "Shift" Beloit Fiction Journal, Spring 2018

  • "Kimmo in the Pisgah" Missouri Review, Spring 2018. This story reached the second round of judging in the Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction.

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