Sally Pfoutz


I have published two novels: the YA, Missing Person (hard cover edition Viking 1993) and Authors Guild Back in Print paperback edition (iUniverse 2009);and Red-tail, an original paperback edition 2003). My first book of poetry, “Tree and Shadow,” was issued by Wild Leaf Press in 2010. I am a regular contributor to élan magazine, for which I have written over 25 personal essays and 51 artist profiles. My work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Country Magazine, the anthology Grace & Gravity, and various literary magazines including: Phoebe, Fugue, New Collage and Hot Metal Bridge. My play, "Something to Hold Onto" was performed by Sterling Playmakers in 2010.
I live on a farm near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with my husband Mark, three dogs, three horses, and six barn kitties. Besides being a constant gardener I am reading all the time and writing quite a bit. The cover art for the Smashwords edition of Red-tail is a detail from a painting by my daughter Erin. The cover photo for Dying to Live shows Levi's actual Amish clothing which he has kept all these years.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was biking the canal with my 6th grade pal Diane and we had an assignment due the next day for a story. I thought she was smarter, and listened while she told me what to write. But when I got home Diane's idea was just the starting-off place and I wrote my own story, a kind of myth about bees.
What is your writing process?
Getting started is the hardest for me and I waste a lot of time on the Internet,doing housework or playing the piano; walking the dogs, visiting the horses, or pulling a few weeds which often transpires into redesigning a garden bed; but if I can get myself started by typing up all the notes on scraps of paper that accumulate on my desk, I soon find myself working on the next piece and once I'm writing, that's the best part.
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Where to find Sally Pfoutz online

Where to buy in print


Tree and Shadow
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics
Most of the poems in this collection are about my family, including my dogs and horses; and my love of nature. And then there are the poems about my mother who died when I was sixteen. There are a number of those as I have grappled with my grief and tried to understand how her death shaped my life, as I did in Barren Shed. [My mother sits by the bridge/ waiting for nightfall.]
Missing Person
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,310. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
After Carrie's mother disappears, no one, Carrie feels, really wants to find out what happened. Has the notoriously unstable Martha simply walked out on her life, or has something--or someone--caused her harm? Determined to discover the truth, Carrie finds herself caught between a painful past and a harrowing present where, it seems, she can trust no one but herself.
Dying to Live: An Amish Man Fakes His Death to Find His Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,270. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Biographical
Based on a true story, one August night in 1996, an Amish man starts a bloody trail across the bedroom floor next to the double bed where his young wife sleeps soundly and disappears into the night. He is missing and presumed dead.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,570. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A murder mystery buried within a tale of lust and love, revenge and redemption, Red-tail illustrates how life turns on a dime. Yet it's possible to find your way, whether you're a teenager who cuts herself, a married man yearning for his youth, a married woman searching for love, or an elderly man who causes a terrible tragedy; as long as you can forgive yourself and others.

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