Sarah J. Donovan is the author of Alone Together and Genocide Literature in Middle and Secondary Classrooms. A junior high English teacher by day and college education professor by night, she spends every other moment reading young adult novels and writing. She lives with her husband in Downers Grove, Illinois in a condo so she can write instead of mowing the lawn or shoveling snow. When she is not teaching, reading, or writing, she can be found playing sand volleyball with amazing Chicagoland women. (Yes, even in the winters.)
Here are some fun things about Sarah:
Do you have another job other than being a writer?
I am a junior high teacher, a professor at DePaul University, and a columnist for The ALAN Review.
Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel/novella/short story?
It was not difficult to finish because the story flowed out of me. Once I started, I was haunted, loved by my characters until I could find a way to end the book. The ending was difficult because I had to rewrite it three times to give my main character what she needed rather than what I wanted for her.
What inspired you to write?
A few years ago, my students and I were writing a poem-a-day for National Poetry Month. A few of those poems stayed with me, and then, last summer, I was at a teacher conference, and there was a panel of YA authors there who were encouraging teachers to do more writing so that they could be better writing teachers. Well, last summer I took my poems and turned them into a novel in verse.
Please checkout Sarah's Book Alone Together
Sadie Carter's life is a mess, as wavy and tangled as her unruly hair. At 15, she is barely surviving the chaos of her large Catholic family. When one sister becomes pregnant and another is thrown out, her unemployed dad hides his depression, and her mom hides a secret. Sadie, the peacekeeper and rule-follower, has had enough. The empty refrigerator, years of hand-me-downs, and all the secrets have to stop. She longs for something more and plans her escape.
However, getting arrested was not her plan. Falling in love was not her plan. With the help of three mysterious strangers--a cop, a teacher, and a cute boy--maybe Sadie will find the strength to defy the rules and do the unexpected.
Told in verse, Sarah J. Donovan's debut Alone Together has secrets, romance, struggle, sin, and redemption, all before Sadie blows out her 16 candles. It's a courageously honest look at growing up in a big family.
What is your next/latest project?
I am writing another verse novel to tell Sam's story, the love-interest in Alone Together.
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