Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe. Her most recent books are part of a new young MG series about the worst fairy godmother ever, The Wish List (Scholastic, 2017-2018) as well as a forthcoming picture book biography, Just Like Rube Goldberg (Beach Lane Books).
When Sarah is not writing or reading (or cooking or riding her bike), she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, social action, and of course, sparkle power! She loves working with other writers in one of her classes at the amazing Highlights Foundation or Writers on the Net (www.writers.com). She is also the cofounder and organizer of the Writing Novels for Young People Retreat at VCFA, now approaching its fifteenth year. She has served as an SCBWI mentor in both Illinois and Michigan. She loves sports. She overuses exclamation points. When she’s excited, she talks with her hands.
Sarah grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the oldest of three sisters. She graduated from Liberty High School. Her best years: 1973 and 1978, when the family lived in York, England. Claims to fame: Won the drama award. Could parallel park a 1973 Impala station wagon. Got out alive.
Sarah: I always wanted to live in New York City.
Miriam, Sarah’s sister: We called her “the corrupted sister.”
From Bethlehem, Sarah went to Rutgers College. She wanted to major in theater, but her mother told her to study something “more practical.”
Rich Aronson, father: like Economics.
She chose English. Her favorite professor was Dr. Barry Qualls. He taught her how to write a short paper. He made excellent cream puffs. She graduated with honors.
Like many writers, Sarah has had a lot of interesting jobs. After graduating, she taught “Writing from Experience” at Lehigh University. Later, she worked as an aerobics instructor and trainer, before earning a Masters in Physical Therapy from Arcadia College, when it was known as Beaver College. Sarah has always loved watching football. For ten years, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including head and spinal cord rehabilitation.
Sarah: My writing life began in 2000, when I decided to leave physical therapy due to a back injury. I needed to do something else, but I didn’t know what. I looked through Dartmouth College’s employment page. There were plenty of offices that needed help. I hesitated. Maybe I could run for school board. I loved politics.
Rich Aronson: What about something practical?