Currently my family and I live in Southern California. I am currently working on writing books and getting my books out there for the reader. My older children are both still in school, the baby is still too young, and I am raising them with my husband. He has been wonderful in supporting me in all of this. My husband and I are working on my website for these books, it’s www.sarahbwinters.com , and I also have a Myspace, twitter, and Facebook pages. My twitter is @SarahBWinters, my Myspace is www.myspace.com/sarahbwinters, and my Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/SarahBWinters
A little more info…
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to be an author. When I was about 6 I wrote a “book” called The Flowers and the Flowers. I wrote it not because I loved flowers, but because I love books. As I got older I wrote more and more. In high school I wrote poems; being young I was too scared of criticism to have them published. Also in high school I had two English teachers that loved my stories and one that hated them. Out of the three of them the teacher who hated my work the most gave me the greatest compliment. He told me to stand up in front of the classroom and he let into me, telling me that I “had too much imagination for creative writing.” I knew that authors with strong imaginations are the ones who thrive. Unfortunately, being a teen, I listened to other negative people in my life and did not yet pursue a writing career.
When I was in eighteen a story started to develop in my imagination. I held it down and suppressed it, still listening to the “you can’t” gremlins. I stayed static until 2008. In that year I had a life changing experience.
My husband and I had tried to have a baby for 6 long years. I had two older daughters but we still wanted one together. We had decided that it was time to adopt. My older girls loved the idea so I went in for a physical to get things started. In this physical a lump was discovered and I had an ultrasound. During the ultrasound they found I had a very large “growth” on my right ovary. I was then monitored for four months.
While all this was happening the gremlins I knew were meaner than ever. I decided the negativity and unhappiness was not good for my children, my husband or me any longer. I realized that even with family sometimes you have to walk away. It was time to just take care of my children, my husband, and myself. I was scared of cancer and death. I was still being bullied by the gremlins. I sat down and wrote. I did this while the kids were at school and my husband was at work. Before the end of three months I had a strong rough draft for book one plus three outlines for the other four books. By the end of two more months I had a strong rough draft for book two. At that time I was also given my life back, the growth was benign.
My husband had been secretly saving money so he could be home for all of the time off I might need him for. He gave me the money as a gift when we found out I was going to be fine. He asked me if I wanted to do fertility treatment, adopt, or buy something new. I told him I just wanted to write, have my work edited and go on with life.
We agreed on waiting a year to adopt and get over the scare of what almost happened. I focused on writing, researching, editing, and letting the world know I existed. In December the book that had grown dusty but never stopped talking to me was published. And less than a month later we found out I was expecting.
I was free, for the most part, of the evil gremlins, I didn’t have cancer, I wrote a book that was published, and I was going to have a baby. I had never been so happier missing a chance to go to Disneyland in all my life.
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Places I’ve Lived
Tacoma WA USA
Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Placerville, CA USA
Fort Worth, TX USA
Delano, CA USA
Bakersfield, CA USA
Sacramento, CA USA