About Sarah


About the Author
Sarah Dooley has lived in an assortment of small West Virginia towns, each of which she grew to love. Winner of the 2012 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Free Verse (coming March 2016 from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers), she has written two previous novels for middle-grade readers. Sarah is a former special education teacher who now provides treatment to children with autism. She lives in Huntington, West Virginia, where she inadvertently collects cats. She’s a 2006 graduate of Marshall University.


A Note from Sarah
Hello! I'm Sarah Dooley. I write novels for people in the middle grades, ages 10 to 14. My newest novel, FREE VERSE, which will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers in March 2016, was the winner of the PEN American Center's Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship in 2012. It was pretty awesome, because I got to meet Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of the Shiloh and Alice books and one of my childhood (and beyond) heroes. Here we are at dinner in NYC:
Photo by Jacob Lilly

That's me on the left, looking nervous, and that's Ms. Naylor on the right, looking patient and kind! 

My other two middle grade novels are called BODY OF WATER and LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE. Both were published by Feiwel and Friends, and, with LIVVIE OWEN, I was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start debut author. 

When I'm not writing novels or flying off to NYC to meet amazing authors and publishing folks, I am hanging out in West Virginia, working as an applied behavior analysis technician, riding and cleaning up after horses, and participating in National Novel Writing Month!
 
Here's what I look like in pictures:

photo by Janell Reynolds

Here's what I look like in real life:
Photo by Jacob Lilly

Here's what one of my students thinks I look like (note the red eyes)
Artwork by Mike McCoy


And here's what I looked like when I was twelve years old.
Photo by ... Okay. The people present were the Dooley clan, Margaret Winebrenner, 
Roberta Woods, and Joy Lackey. So, one of them, I reckon.

I know -- hard to believe I grew up to be a writer, huh? Also, check out that phone! It had a cord and everything!