Sarah O'Hara

Biography

Sarah was born in the town of Huron, in South Dakota, raised on her parent's dairy farm and attended school at Artesian-Letcher Public Schools. She graduated in 2000 and went on to study Computer Graphic Design and Web Design at Dakota State University. Sarah graduated with a double major and minor in fine art in 2005.

In 2009 she participated for the first time in NaNoWriMo. Sarah was immediately hooked and has been writing stories ever since.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural South Dakota in the 1980s, on a dairy farm. This has spawned a few story ideas by itself, which have yet to take shape, but for the most part the influences this made upon my writing was that it gave me free time to write details into my story ideas.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in college, when one of my English professors gave us an assignment to write a short story. From then I wrote several stories and started working on a couple longer works. However I did not seriously start writing until 2011 when I found NaNoWriMo.
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Where to find Sarah O'Hara online


Books

After Life / Bleed / A Disturbing Affair
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Series: Ghosts in the City. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,320. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A trilogy of crime, thrills, and deceit! Ghosts do exist in the mystery of After Life. Follow three spirits as they hunt down the criminal who sent them to their graves. Murder is an art for Adam Kennedy, a man with a strange past and even stranger future in Bleed. What would you do in Janice Porter's position? In A Disturbing Affair, Janice's choices are few and far between.
Love Hearts
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,710. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three romantic short stories all rolled into one! Karen’s work is stressful and her boyfriend is distracted. If only Karen knew The Simple Truth. Something strange is happening at Leanne's workplace, and a handsome police officer shows up to prove Love Wears a Uniform. Amy's ex keeps her after she's found a new boyfriend, what’s going on with Her Persistent Ex?
A Disturbing Affair
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,080. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Janice Porter lost her job as an accountant and is in danger of being tossed into the street when a promising position turns up at Meyer Publishing. Her potential new boss is friendly enough, almost too friendly. So why do all her co-workers call Deidre Horton the dragon lady? One month into her new job, Janice has been suffering from blackouts while Greg Bauer, her sometimes date and friend, dec
Living & Dying (Ghosts in the City Prequel)
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Series: Ghosts in the City. Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
Detective David Rossi has his eye on partner Mason Fletcher's little sister. Mason reluctantly agrees to let David ask her out, but things go terribly awry...
Haunted City (Ghosts in the City Prequel)
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Series: Ghosts in the City. Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Alice Green is a little girl with a big problem. Everyone is ignoring her, and the Pastor is claiming she'd dead. Only Uncle Patrick seems to react to her presence. Maybe... just maybe... Uncle can see her?
Bleed
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,530. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Ever want to know what makes a serial killer? Adam Kennedy has been skipping work and missing dates with Lisa Stanley. His boss is threatening termination while his girlfriend is berating his behavior. Under pressure from both sides Adam nurtures a dark secret that alleviates the strain. Deep inside Adam an obsession is forming, a wild and unstopable force that will eventually drive him to murder
After Life (Ghosts in the City #1)
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Series: Ghosts in the City. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,240. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mason Fletcher is an ordinary man, until he wakes up in an unfamiliar alley. With no memory and no idea where he is Mason takes to the streets and meets some unlikely friends. But the bodies keep piling up and Mason soon discovers that everyone he meets is connected in a heinous circle of death. Now it's a race to discover Mason's own identity before someone else winds up dead.

Sarah O'Hara’s tag cloud

after life    art    artwork    bleed    crime    detective    drugs    ex    exboyfriend    family    fiction    fraud    friends    friendship    ghost    ghost book    ghosts    lesbian    love    marriage    murder    murder is an art    mystery    new love    paranormal    paranormal child    police    prequel    proposal    rape    romance    serial killer    spirits    suspense    thriller    work   

Sarah O'Hara's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Sarah O'Hara

  • Claimed on April 26, 2012

    A quick read, but still very good. I love fantasy romance stories and this is one of the best I've read in a long time. http://sites.google.com/site/authorsarahohara
  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on April 26, 2012

    An intelligently well written piece of fiction. I generally don't go for this type of story, but I was looking for a short story to read to pass the time; I wasn't disappointed.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on April 26, 2012

    Mark Coker knows what he's talking about. I've been around awhile and read lots of other articles, blogs, and ebooks about marketing. This one made it seem approachable and easy, rather than hard-work and time-consuming. A must for every writer.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on April 26, 2012

    Everything I ever wanted to know about formatting ebooks in one place. Thank you Mark Coker.
  • Jarring, Scarring, and Cold on April 26, 2012

    Originally read this over at Feedbooks, I'm planing on writing a piece about the devil and wanted to see what other's had written. It follows the typical plot line of satanic encounters, but its well written and easy to read. I want to see what else Mr. Cruz comes up with.
  • Jarring, Scarring, and Cold on April 26, 2012

    I'm planing on writing a piece about the devil and wanted to see what other's had written. It follows the typical plot line of satanic encounters, but its well written and easy to read. I want to see what else Mr. Cruz comes up with.
  • DEAD(ish) on April 26, 2012

    I wanted to see how other writers portrayed ghosts and the dead. This story puts a different twist on the after life and relationship problems. Definitely worth a read.
  • Unforgiven Pleasure on April 27, 2012

    A fast paced, but good read. Definitely too short.
  • Heart Spell on April 27, 2012

    I would love to know the back-story to this, wish it was longer so I could get a better feel for the environment.
  • Questing Beast on April 27, 2012

    Very well written, it covers many genres, humor, sci-fi, even a bit of romance. Great fun, loved the ending.
  • The Sunflower That Roared on April 27, 2012

    I can never turn down a book with a character named Sarah. I'm proud to share my name with this one. I'd love to read it to my future children.
  • Hysteria on April 27, 2012

    Its a bit too graphic for me, even if the "treatments" are true. It gave me shivers as I read it, wonderful story-telling, I'm just not fond of the content.
  • Twisted Imaginings: Vol 1 on May 01, 2012

    I enjoyed Dance of the Gypsy a lot more than Mother Knows Best. For me, Mother Knows Best was written more like a Psycho rip-off than anything else. Still good, but not very creative. Dance of the Gypsy, although shorter, held my attention and kept me guessing until the very end.
  • Snaring The Huntress on May 02, 2012

    Loved it. I want to see more from this universe. :)
  • The Silver Collar on May 02, 2012

    A lovely new fairy-tale!
  • Shredder on May 04, 2012

    Good for a quick read, but too predictable.
  • Are These Eyeballs on May 04, 2012

    I'm impressed with this. I've read a couple other works by this author, but these happen to be the most creative and original so far.
  • His Robot Girlfriend on May 07, 2012

    A life story, comfortable but with a touch of drama in all the right places. I was expecting a little more erotica that it gives, but I'm glad it's not there. It would have been out of place with the pacing I think. Also, it's what kept me from reading the book in the first place. All in all it's worth a read, but I don't think I'll be reading the sequels.
  • Twisted Imaginings: Vol 2 on May 07, 2012

    Still not terribly original, but good horror nonetheless. The more I read from this author the more I like his writing style.
  • Valhalla Unleashed on May 07, 2012

    A very gory zombie re-telling. Zombies have been done to death recently, but it was interesting to see this author's take on the subject.
  • Twisted Imaginings: Vol 3 on May 07, 2012

    I very much enjoyed The Greenhouse, very well done with a nice twist at the end. The second one, I didn't like as much, I wouldn't really call it a horror story either. It was just ok.
  • Twisted Imaginings: Vol 4 on May 07, 2012

    Voices and Shadows isn't anything new, but it's a new twist on an old concept. Vomit Baby, while I found it utterly disgusting, was quite good (anything that makes me step away with a strong feeling is good in my opinion). Pleasure of Pain, again nothing new, but was interesting to see the author's take on vampiresque creatures.
  • Body Art on May 07, 2012

    Interesting and creative, while not my favorite from this author (I still like Shredder better) this would be in the running for second. Throughout the book I kept thinking the main character was going crazy, worth a read.
  • Seven Deadly Mistakes To Avoid When Making An eBook on May 07, 2012

    More of a "writing for selling an idea" / nonfiction rather than something for us fiction writers. Having said that, there are a few things that apply. For fiction writers: read if you want to, but you aren't missing out on anything life changing.
  • Dollars and Deadlines' 10 Truths Every Writer Who Wants to Get Published Should Know on May 07, 2012
    (no rating)
    Cleverly written and covers a range of topics. I'll be reading it again.
  • So You Don't Have Time on May 07, 2012

    Very good introduction to writing short stories.
  • They Came, They Saw, They Took the Tinfoil on May 09, 2012

    I loved the imagery this conjured up while I was reading. A seven foot lobster with a perfume bottle? I never would have come up with that. Recommended to a friend who found it enjoyable as well.
  • Mind Cafe on May 09, 2012

    An interesting view on what happens to those who are comatose, and how they spend their time. It's good, though I don't particularly like how it ended.
  • Black Moon (Moon Trilogy Part I) on May 09, 2012

    Might be stretching reality a bit with that book, but the rest is quite good. Worth a read anyway.
  • Fall on May 09, 2012

    With the popularity of vampires and werewolves lately it's nice to see something different. The beginning was a little hard to comprehend, and I still don't know if this is meant to be on earth somewhere, but it's not bad.
  • Forged With Fire: Creativity and The Creative Spirit on May 10, 2012

    An in depth explanation of creativity, how to nurture it, and make it grow.
  • The Beast on May 31, 2012

    Even though fairy tales have been redone to death over the years I was happy to find this new twist on Beauty and the Beast. Very good, I want to read more from this author.
  • My Fair Donor on May 31, 2012

    There are a lot of vampire books, but this is the first one I've read that tackles the topic of curing vampirism. Made for a good, quick read.
  • Six Impossible Things on May 31, 2012

    I didn't enjoy all of these stories, though Kris was pretty darn entertaining. I especially liked the imaginary friend story. The cartoon character one...freaked me out a little as I was (and still) not prepared to think about them that way. Pretty good though, it was a nice way to spend my evening.
  • A Dark Kiss of Rapture on May 31, 2012

    I thought this was quite a good free ebook. Just enough to get a taste for the writing style and genre. The story was good too, but I didn't like how the heroine kept trying to imply that she thought the hero was a vampire or werewolf. It seemed a bit much for me. I still like her other book, Snaring the Huntress, better. It used original characters rather than the perennial war between angels and demons. Good though, but I don't think I'll read it again.
  • The Thirteenth Unicorn on June 21, 2012

    I knew going in this was geared toward adolescents and not adults, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it anyway. I was originally attracted by the title as I adore anything with unicorns in. It's a fairly typical fantasy with wizards, witches, dwarves, elves, magic, and fairies. It makes for a lovely read, but don't expect anything groundbreaking.
  • The Princess' Dragon Lord on June 21, 2012

    Paranormal romance is a genre I've only recently come to appreciate, and this story is no exception. A different twist on dragons, some well-placed amnesia, and a usurping uncle all within a well-written love story.
  • My Demon Lover on June 21, 2012

    I loved the author's description of the demon, she made him sound sexy and dangerous at the same time. A great book, I want to see more like this.
  • Short Erotic Tales 1 on June 25, 2012

    Hoo boy. Well, it is written by a man, and the stories I think really are more for men than women. Though having said that my husband read a few pages over my shoulder and laughed, so maybe I don't know who this was written for? Plots were very thin on all of them, in fact they read a bit like a bad porno. No substance to any of them (except maybe the first one, but even that was graphic). I'm not sure how or why this is #2 on Smashwords... it really isn't that great.