About Sadie

I’m a Reader, with a capital R. I figure once the number of books you read per year starts hitting triple digits you get to capitalize the R in reader. Just roll with it. I’m also a wife, mother, wishful world traveler, tea drinker, over-aged manga addict, nail biter, lapsed 日本語のがくせい, occasional beader, amateur knitter,  writer, internet dependent American woman in her late-thirties. I waited a lot of tables in college and then spent seven years investigating allegations of abuse and neglect with the Missouri and Florida Departments of Children and Families. I recently returned from the UK, where I lived for several years and garnered a degree or two. Now I calls St. Louis, Mo home and pretends not to miss England.

I happen to love university campuses, and have more education than I need, including a Bsc in Anthropology, with minors in Archaeology and Comparative Religion, an MA in International Criminology, and an Msc in Social Change (Stats). I still plan to pursues a Ph.D. at some point, if life would just get out of the way, oh and write the great American novel, of course.

I tried once when l wrote The Weeping Empress. It’s a dark fantasy adventure with some unexpected YA crossover appeal. It follows the misadventures of a small band as they attempt to escape a fate laid down by the Goddess herself, and changing the course of history as they go. But now a-days I look back at that as more of a learning experience.

My favorite quote is  “There is pleasure sure in being mad which none but madmen know,” by John Dryden.

This is my favorite picture of myself.

9 thoughts on “About Sadie

  1. Fran Johnson

    Hi Zara,
    I know this is late, late notice but, my writers’ group is having a Book Signing Event on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It’s at the Corner Coffee Shop in Ferguson, MO. Would you be interested in coming as an author and selling your books? I am so sorry I didn’t think of you earlier. If you are interested please let me know quickly. Tell all your friends about it. Hoping tyo hear from you soon. Fran

    1. Sadie


      Thank you for thinking of me, but I have sooo many things going on that day. I seriously think everyone who is doing anything in March is doing it on the 19th! It sounds like a lot of fun though.

  2. gmikedanaher

    Sadie – I’m relatively new to Goodreads, and you seem to be a veteran. what’s more, I too was once a Missourian, and lived overseas, and pretend to not miss it. soooo….in the spirit of online community-building, please send any advice for breaking away from the generic and formulaic vampire-fantasy-unicorn-witch-sci fi-alternate realm readership toward those interested in attempts, successful or no, at challenging, though-provoking, reality-driven prose? Cheers. – Mark


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