SARAH ZOBEL

I’m a lifelong New Englander (though I enjoyed extended stints in Washington, D.C., and Montpellier, France) who, like so many of my ilk, loved messing with words from the get-go. Near-perfect spelling and grammar tests, rejected short stories, a family with a penchant for punmaking–all had their place in making me the writer I am today.

I graduated as a Mary Lyon Scholar from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in European Studies, a fancy name for a combined English Literature/French Studies major. My senior thesis was an analysis of Samuel Beckett’s early novels, though I'm not sure I ever fully grasped them. I attended the University of Denver Publishing Institute and, more recently, completed a graduate-level introduction to public health and health policy at the University of Vermont, in addition to MOOCs in nutrition, mHealth, and social epidemiology.

At Prentice Hall Information Services in Washington, I learned the underappreciated art of editing and writing a daily tax newsletter and was named White House correspondent. I later worked as an assistant acquisitions editor at Twayne Publishers/G.K. Hall and Lexington Books (Macmillan), both in Boston. In 1993, I established myself as a freelance editor for major publishing houses in Boston and New York; not long after, I began penning my own work for publication. Although my primary written focuses have been health and wellness, education, and housing and homelessness, the fact is that I love conducting research on nearly any topic and then doing my best to turn the information and interviews into a story that appeals to a wide audience.

I'm a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Today I live in the northwesternmost corner of New England, near Burlington, Vermont, with my husband, two sons, and dog, all of whom keep me active while remaining complicit in my shameful addiction to Milk Duds.