Sarah was born and raised in Oregon and loves exploring all of its back roads and byways. She and her husband own an excavation company and some of her best writing is done while she is performing mindless things like compacting rock on a trail or laying pipe in a ditch. She homeschools their son and listens to sheep chewing cud for therapy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nevada Barr and Tony Hillerman are the authors whose work I admire most. I love reading them and they are my fall back authors to re-read when I can't find anything else. I'm an Oregonian born and bred, so I have shelves of books about the history of my state. The three Oregon authors (both in residence and topic of writing) I enjoy most are Rick Steber, Jane Kirkpatrick and Diane Goeres-Gardner. These three vary on the spectrum of fiction to non-fiction, but all of them have a knack for taking real life and weaving it into a story that you can't put down.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I distinctly remember sitting in our elementary school library in about second grade and our librarian (Billy Cook - who is also an author) instructing us how to write our story on these little mimeographed chap book pages and illustrate the story in the squares provided at the top. The cover was pink cardstock and it was all stapled together. I remember it was about a squirrel that ran away and that I couldn't spell squirrel (I still have to spell check it).
Dakota seeks respite from her abusive boyfriend on her dirt bike in the Oregon high desert. Did he sabotage the trails, leaving Dakota disfigured? Was it a co-worker? A zealous environmentalist? Will Dakota find out who’s stalking her before it’s too late? When she’s secreted off to her stalker’s home, she fights back. Her escape plan might cost her life, but it’s a price she’s willing to pay.