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Only 29 years old and currently residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, Sarah Butland has tasted the waters of almost every form of writing. Sarah has had several previous pieces published in her local newspaper including fiction, poetry and non-fiction as well as had a poem published in an anthology. These works include “Electric Shock”, “Wrong Shell” and “The Wolf Not Only Blew the Straw House D own”. Her most current work is Sending You Sammy which is a children’s book which encourages its readers to eat healthy foods and live active lives.
After reading articles upon articles on how drastically childhood obesity and literacy rates in New Brunswick have dropped and not many articles on what the public is doing to solve these issues, Butland has decided to take matters into her own hands using the tools she has. Sending You Sammy is the first of the Adventures of Sammy series which has its readers wanting more – more books, more fruit, and more activity.
Continuing with the Adventures of Sammy series, Butland will be releasing the long awaited second book, BananaBoy Joins the Circus (working title), as soon as she can. This installment will answer the question of what BananaBoy will do with strength while setting up his audience for success by teaching them healthy alternatives to junk food.
Living most of her life thus far in rural Nova Scotia and being brought up alongside foster siblings from various backgrounds, Sar ah is adaptable to practically any audience. Currently working full time in the sales and service industry as a personal banker with RBC, Sarah has only taken her hectic schedule as a challenge and always tackles challenges with eyes wide open.
Recently Sarah was given the opportunity to participate in the local Writers in the Schools Program and enjoys adapting to whatever the children may throw at her.
Never too far from a pencil and paper, Sarah Butland plans to always have writing play a big part in her life and will be using it for good with every story she writes.
on May 27, 2012 :
Sarah Butland’s Brain Tales are definitely quirky, ranging from weirdly scary to scarily weird. Some issues with word choice, logic and editing might make put off readers, but three stories will definitely linger in my mind. The elderly woman losing memories presents a haunting picture in Peeling Apples. The secret of a lost child is pleasantly comforting after the slow machinations of At Ease. And the Paper Box is delightful.
There’s a forced feel to the humor and complex sentences of these tales, with phrases such as “flushing away thoughts of performing any forces of nature,” or “My heart stopped for the second time that day,” leading to rather odd word-pictures in my mind. The tales are surreal and complex, but a simpler telling might make them more accessible.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)