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. The mother of two just-adult sons, today I live with my husband and our coonhound mutt in the northwestern corner of New England, near Burlington, Vermont, where I stay as active as the weather permits, while continuing to honor my shameful addiction to Milk Duds.