Sandra Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can't taste the soil on a carrot, it's not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband and two elderly cats in the city, she still manages to grow fruit and vegetables on their lot, as well as tend to a couple of egg-laying and friendly hens.
Smith has been writing since she could hold a pencil, although the lettering she left on her grandmother's books sometimes contained a reverse capital R. In high school, she won awards for her poetry and short stories, and later was an editor on her college newspaper. Upon graduating with a degree in Communication Arts, Smith accepted a job at a small newspaper in eastern Oregon. She later declined the offer, choosing instead to teach English in China. Though she had an idea for a novel or memoir back then, the only writing produced were the many letters home detailing her exploits to friends and relatives.
After China, Smith spent many years teaching in private and public schools, filling hoards of notebooks with her writing--though mostly lesson plans. Along the way, she has written essays, newspaper articles, children's books, and poetry, very little of which she bothered to publish.
Smith is the author of the Seed Savers series, a middle grade/YA series set in a future where gardening is illegal and real food unknown. She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest.
In Seed Savers-Unbroken Lily Gardener eludes her captors but stays hidden deep in the forest as massive protests mount in the streets. Will lost freedoms such as food rights and an open media be reclaimed? Don’t miss the explosive final installment of Seed Savers!
Clare, Dante, and Lily reunite and are hiding in an underground bunker deep in a forest Trinia Nelson intensifies her search for James Gardener. Earth Day parades turn into protests, and someone is leaking classified government documents. Can the Keeper keep it all together? Don't miss this fast-paced fourth book in the Seed Savers series!
In this third installment of the futuristic Seed Savers series, Lily travels cross-country searching for her missing father. Clare and Dante, meanwhile, enjoy life on a farm in Canada while learning more of the shocking history of how gardening became illegal in the United States.
In a future where gardening is illegal and corporations decide what people eat, 13-year-old Lily defies the status quo by planting the banned seeds entrusted to her by friends—friends who have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. In this second book of the Seed Savers series, Lily sets out to discover what happened to her missing friends, unearthing a disturbing secret from her own past.
Clare, Dante, and Lily live in a future where growing your own food is against the law. New friends instruct the children in the old ways of gardening, urging them to change the future. Can the children learn enough before being stopped by GRIM, the government agency controlling the nation's food supply? And can children really change the world?
Seven stories, seven situations threatening the festivities – a postbag that gets bigger, a Santa in summer, the strange disappearance of the gifts, a petnapping gang, a snowstorm in the wilds, a kidnapped messenger, and a whole raft of celebrations that are too strange to contemplate.
Will the holidays be a disaster? Or will seven bookelves weave seasonal magic?