Here's more "About Me", including the latest information on my memoir launch, and the interview I gave with Grace & Such.
Still happily married to the love of my life of over 40 years, I decided my married name was a bit too common for a website. And I'll be publishing my book under my maiden name. Though my marriage is featured in the beginning pages and towards the end of the book, I chose to publish my book as Sarah Blizzard. The memoir is filled with stories from my childhood and coming of age, and a cautionary tale, at that, so I've decided to shield family and friends from any embarrassment by changing practically all the names of the people mentioned in the book (I know some of you are relieved!)
How my writing career got started: After graduating from full-time homemaking, raising three daughters with my husband Jim, I saw the light at the end of the child-rearing tunnel. Twenty years ago, I enrolled in my first formal writing course through The Institute of Children's Literature. Each lesson shifted from fiction to nonfiction, and as I completed the advanced course, I recognized my aptitude for nonfiction. I’ve won awards for both fiction and non-fiction, and have been thrilled to see my works published in literary magazines, regional publications, and anthologies.
Today, I enjoy writers’ workshops through OLLI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, plus a variety of other classes and writers’ conferences where I’m continually challenged to compose creative nonfiction, including poetry and memoir.
Sober and free since 1986, I express my grateful heart for having recovered from the effects of alcoholism. Through my therapeutic writing journey, I’ve dug deep and have been restored. I pray my words offer clear experience, strength and hope, and reflect my commitment to a deeper understanding. I claim Psalm 40:1-2 as a taste of God’s redemptive work in my life:
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire.
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Today, I live a full life with over 40 years of marriage; I mentor women in recovery and consider participation in Bible study a vital discipline. I also enjoy every moment spent with my three grown daughters, my sons-in-law, and my three precious granddaughters.