Sarah was born in Michigan but grew up in California's Bay Area. A bookworm from a very young age, she would read just about anything she could get her hands on. Her favorites were young adult novels, some science fiction, as well as news and fiction articles in The New Yorker, which were always strewn about her home.
Sarah's parents exposed her to a lot of great books, classical music, and art while she was growing up. Her dad would read his favorite poems aloud to her and she loved hearing the musicality and rhythm that is inherent in poetry. Her parents had friends who were artists and she picked up a reverence for beauty. Sarah's strong Dutch ancestry is an influence in her life and is evidenced by her appreciation for the arts.
Since graduating from Calvin College she has continually been a writer in some capacity. She worked as a technical writer for a laboratory serving the wine industry in the Napa Valley, as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, and in commercial copywriting. She was an editor of the literary journal "The Mars Hill Review" for three years and she taught a college seminar course on writing and editing for a semester.
Fun Factoids about Sarah:
-Sarah loves to travel. Two of her favorite places from recent trips are Scotland and Sicily.
-She has a black belt in Kempo Karate.
-She and her husband David have been married for 24 years. He is a poet and writer also.
-Though Sarah and her family don't speak Dutch, they stick to their roots and are always rooting for Orange during the World Cup.
When Sarah's two sons became old enough to be in school all day she found herself with more time to focus on her writing. The year she turned 40 she challenged herself to write a poem everyday for 365 days, taking a photo of the California Coast, and posting it to her blog. This project was a powerful, transformative experience for her and led to creating her book, Once by the Pacific.
Sarah's most recent venture was founding her own publishing company, Brooks Street Books. She is now a successful publisher and is busy finding more literary works to publish. She is also ready to release her second fine art coloring book this month, The Accidental Naturalist.
She is currently working on writing a novel.