Hi, my name is Sara, and I'm a writer.

Happened upon this statue in Segovia, Spain, immediately after buying a copy of Goblet of Fire, in which Harry, too, encounters a sphinx. Coincidence... or magic?

I didn't always consider myself one, though I've been familiar with the exhilaration of getting lost in filling blank pages for almost my entire life. I didn't think I had enough talent or a voice that mattered, but I'm starting to come around.

So I've set out to
write a novel. It will hopefully become the first in a series following criminal psychologist Avery Baxter and FBI agent Erica Chen as they investigate crimes around Texas. Just to keep them on their toes, I'm throwing a little paranormal activity their way. And a little fact about me that may or may not be relevant here: Slow-building, will-they-or-won't-they relationships are basically my favorite thing ever....

That's all I'm willing to share about the book for now, but here's more about me:

Home is: With my wife and cats, who currently reside in Austin

Favorite job I've had aside from writing: Barista

Cats or dogs: Both, what kind of monster do you take me for?

What about birds? Tiny flying dinosaurs that more people should be afraid of. I'm pretty sure the Hitchcock movie was a documentary.

Most essential food: Enchiladas

Favorite author: J.K. Rowling. I'm an unapologetic grown-ass adult obsessed with Harry Potter. I didn't even read the series until I was 29. Harry, like me, feels like an imposter, carrying the weight of what he considers unearned hopes and expectations on his shoulders. I also lost a parent in my youth, so I relate to him a lot, and I find the writing about grief and love both beautiful and comforting. I also enjoy the Cormoran Strike series, so J.K. wins all around. 

Other identifiers: Hufflepuff, Aquarius, Turbulent Mediator (INFP-T)

Why don't your "what I'm reading" books change very often? I read painfully slowly.

Why do you keep talking about your mental health? Because it's been a challenge my entire adult life and a fundamental part of who I am. And while it's become a much more common topic for people to discuss and write about openly in the last few years, I still feel the need to stand up for the 18 year old I once was whose struggles were looked upon with shame or ignored completely, all because no one but a lifesaving therapist was willing to talk about it. I don't want anyone else to experience that; the only way to normalize is to vocalize.

Any other obsessions? Musicals. Parks and Rec. Cat jump fails.

Drop me a line, let me know what you think

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