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Sarah McCoy

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in Fort Knox, Kentucky , The United States
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SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the novels MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES, THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN, THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER, THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO, and "The Branch of Hazel," a novella in GRAND CENTRAL.

The Baker's Daughter was praised as "a beautiful heart-breaking gem of a novel" by Tatiana de Rosnay and "a thoughtful reading experience indeed" by Chris Bohjalian. The Baker's Daughter was a Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club selection and a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Fiction in 2012.

Sarah has taught writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. The daughter of an army officer, her family was stationed in Germany during her
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Sarah McCoy Great question, Paul!

I read Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown" and was captivated. He not only wrote this treatise but gave it as a speech mul…more
Great question, Paul!

I read Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown" and was captivated. He not only wrote this treatise but gave it as a speech multiple times mere weeks after the raid on Harper's Ferry and the arrest of John Brown. Quite a bold act and incredibly dangerous for the times. Thoreau even went so far as to criticize the popular Christian majority, claiming that they said prayers then went to sleep aware of injustice but doing nothing. He stood and pointed a finger in the face of countrymen who were on the verge of picking up arms in Civil War. All for John Brown, whom most in the nation viewed as an abolitionist zealot. Their link had to have been beyond political advocacy. Those are the actions of a friend. Researching deeper, I found more evidence of the two in conversation. Brown being such a family man, Sarah Brown would've been familiar with her father's close friends and supporters.

I'm such a history nerd. I loved seeing these connections and brush-stroking them into my fiction. It's info that I felt was essential to fully understanding the social influences on Sarah Brown's character development even if it didn't directly pertain to THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN plot.

I'm so glad I have astute readers like you who pick up on the stories beyond the novel and take the time to know it for themselves. Thank you, Paul!

Yours truly,
Sarah (less)
Sarah McCoy Dear adoring Serena,

Yes, the novel I'm writing now is another contemporary-historical dual narrative. ;) Tidbits I can share? Hmm... I'm one of those…more
Dear adoring Serena,

Yes, the novel I'm writing now is another contemporary-historical dual narrative. ;) Tidbits I can share? Hmm... I'm one of those awful secretive authors. I don't whisper a word about my book babies until they are grown enough to hold their heads up autonomously. That said, I can tell you this-- it's turn of century (early 1900s) and today. The location is a far cry from anywhere I've ever gone before. To quote Doc B, "Book 1 was 1960s Puerto Rico. Book 2, WWII Germany. Book 3, Civil War Virginia. And now this?? After 17 years together, you'd think I'd know your imagination."

Don't blame me. I'm just the writer. I go where the characters point and I'm having a wildly good time adventuring to this ancient exotic setting. Stay tuned. More information releasing in the next few months...

Yours truly,
Sarah(less)
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"I was skeptical, and generally pass fan-fiction by, but I’m so glad I gave this a chance. Sooo good. I really feel this was done with a lot of respect to Montgomery’s characters and series and provided a rich and dimensional backstory for Matthew and" Read more of this review »
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I received this book as a Christmas present many years ago and just picked it up a few weeks ago to buddy read with a friend. I really wanted to read it, but was also nervous that it wouldn’t live up to my " Read more of this review »
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“People often miss things that don't exist--miss things that were but are not anymore.”
Sarah McCoy, The Baker's Daughter

“We all tell little lies about ourselves, Our past, our presents. We think some of them are minuscule, unimportant, And others, large and incriminating. But they are the same. Only God Has enough of the story to judge our souls.”
Sarah McCoy, The Baker's Daughter

“The marks on our lives are like music notes on the page--they sing a song.”
Sarah McCoy, The Baker's Daughter

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Donna Sarah:
Thanks for friending me on Goodreads.


Savannah Sarah, thank you for the friendship.
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Beth Hi Sarah,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow author on Goodreads!
- Beth


message 3: by Billy

Billy Chitwood Sarah,
Thanks for being a friend...many of my childhood memories come from a small hamlet on the Tennessee side of the Kentucky border. My new book, "The Cracked Mirror, Reflections..." portray some of those pastoral days. Hope we can stay in touch.
My very best wishes,
Billy Ray


message 2: by Sarah

Sarah McCoy Will do, Lisa. Thanks so much! I look forward to reading "Shanghai Girls" and hope our paths may cross some day. In the meantime, take care and be safe in your travels!

All my bests, Sarah


message 1: by Lisa

Lisa See Congratulations on the publicatio of you first novel! That's HUGE! You asked about doing events. Just be yourself -- true and honest. People will respond to that.


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