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My journey so far...
I was born in West Virginia and have lived in the  Allegheny Mountains most of my life. But, other places are part of me too – Littleton, Colorado, where we moved when I was in third grade and  stayed until I was halfway through high school, South Carolina, my mother’s home state  and the place where we vacationed with cousins every summer, Tappahannock, Virginia where my paternal grandparents lived and where we used to spend Thanksgiving with cousins on my father’s side of the family, (Much of ALL THAT’S MISSING was inspired by memories of this place.) and Wilmington, Delaware, where I started kindergarten and finished the last two  years of high school. Now my husband and I are beginning a new chapter of our lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

I grew up loving books and  reading all the time.  Today, I enjoy browsing in bookstores  and taking long walks, especially in new places.  My husband  and I love going to the theater, paddling our ultra-light canoes and visiting our children and grandchildren.  

Though I spent 14 years practicing law, I was always secretly writing.  After selling my first two books to Candlewick Press, I went to Vermont College where I earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults.  Today I spend my days writing and doing school visits and leading writing workshops.  

As I look back over the books I’ve written, I can see that I write about connections – connections between people of different backgrounds, as well as connections between people and places.  I think a lot about what it means to be “home.”  Longing or desire for a place that feels like home can be powerful fuel for a writer.  “Write about what haunts you,” my writing teacher Jane Resh Thomas used to tell me.  

That’s what I try to do.
“Write about what haunts you.”—Jane Resh Thomas
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Moved to Littleton, CO.
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I was born in the Allegheny Mountains of WV.

“Home is always the impossible subject, multilayered and maddening.” 
― Paul Theroux
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Summers in South Carolina.
Thanksgivings in Tappahannock, VA.
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High School in Wilmington, DE.

Photo by Lawrence Pierce/Charleston

(W.Va.) Gazette

Today at home.
Places I’ve called home.
Sarah Sullivan
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