Sarah J. Carlson

Contemporary Young Adult Author


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I’ve been writing “novels” since I was twelve. Somewhere I still have a three inch binder with my very first attempt scrawled in pencil on loose leaf paper. I have several other manuscripts locked away in a virtual secret vault on my laptop, but learned volumes with each one I wrote.

While living in Singapore for a year and a half, I had the opportunity to focus entirely on my writing, thanks to my wonderful husband. I’ve also had the privilege of traveling to seventeen countries on four continents so far. What can I say? I like going on adventures.

Currently, I live near Madison, Wisconsin with my husband and two small children. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Science in Education, and an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. Professionally, I work as a school psychologist in an elementary school with a diverse, mostly low income population; I have also worked in middle schools. My professional areas of focus include supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. Love–love!–working with kids.

I write Contemporary YA that incorporates social issues. I am a member of SCBWI. I am proud to say I’m represented by literary agent Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffman & Associates. My debut novel, All the Walls of Belfast, released by Turner Publishing Company, is out now. Everything’s Not Fine is set to be released by Turner Publishing Company in May 2020.

I also like taking pictures.