• Writing
    • The path to publication – It’s different for everyone!
    • Pitches and one-sheets – What’s in your “sales” toolbox?
    • Compass Point Plotting – Plotting for Pantsers
  • Forgiveness – Join me for a lesson in forgiveness drawn from my novels (and more importantly, the Bible!).
  • Place as Character – The setting for my novels–Appalachia–is practically its own character in my stories. Let’s discuss how to make your setting as strong as your story.

If you’d like to book me for for your event, shoot me an e-mail at sarah @


November 21, 2019 – Upshur County Public Library – 5:30-7 p.m. – Book release event for When Silence Sings. I’ll share a bit of Thurmond, WV’s, history, read some snippets, and offer books for sale and signing. There’ll be refreshments, too! I’m SUPER excited about this event at the library that helped foster my love of reading. The library is at 1150 Route 20 in Buckhannon, WV.

February 21-23, 2020 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.

March 20-21, 2020 – Southern Kentucky Bookfest – The Knicely Conference Center (2355 Nashville Rd.) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

March 28-29, 2020 – Gaston County Public Library Festival, Gastonia, NC – details to be announced

May 15-17, 2020 – John C. Campbell Folk School – Creative Writing: Setting as Character – Join me for a weekend intensive about writing strong settings in fiction at this beautiful folk school in Brasstown, NC.





November 3, 2019 – Book Launch at Sassafras on Sutton – 3 p.m. – Two days before When Silence Sings officially releases, I’ll be giving a talk and signing books at the cutest bookstore in the South! Come get your early copy (or just shop!) at 108 Sutton Avenue in Black Mountain, NC. Rumor is there’ll be a special, story-inspired coffee drink available!

September 13-15, 2019 – Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) – The Spartanburg Marriott, Spartanburg, SC.

August 10, 2019 – Pennwriters Area 7 Mini-Conference, Leesburg, Va. – Join us for morning and afternoon classes followed by a keynote with George Guidall–audiobook narrator extraordinaire!

June 7-9, 2019 – WV Writers Conference – Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley, WV.

February 22-24, 2019 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC. 


August 19, 2018 – French Creek Pioneers – 5-7 p.m. – Since 1916 the descendants of the French Creek pioneers have gathered at French Creek Presbyterian Church to reminisce, enjoy good food, and conduct a business meeting. The Phillips family from my Appalachian Blessings series is inspired by my own extended family–descendants of David Phillips who was one of those early French Creek pioneers in 1815. 

May 3, 2018 – Presbyterian Women Birthday Luncheon – 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – I’ll be speaking at Brevard Davidson River Presbyterian Church in Brevard, NC. I’ll share about my ministry work at Black Mountain Home for Children as well as my writing.

April 20-21, 2018 – Southern Kentucky Book Fest – I’ll be signing books, participating in a panel, and leading a class. The event is at the Knicely Conference Center, 2355 Nashville Road in Bowling Green, KY.

February 16-18, 2018 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference – I’ll be teaching at this annual conference held at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.


October 27 – WV Book Festival – Time TBD – Can I even begin to tell you how excited I am to be part of a romance writers panel in my home state?!? Stay tuned for additional details.

September 26 – ACFW North Georgia Chapter, 7-9 p.m. – I’ll be leading a discussion about bringing your setting to life (and making it a character all its own!). For me, Appalachia is practically another character in my novels. We’ll talk about how place can add depth to a story.

May 6 – Giant Book Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – One of the last events at the RT Book Lovers Convention will be a HUGE signing at the Hyatt Regency with 500+ authors including me. Bring your own books to be signed or buy them there.

May 4 – Books! Chocolate! Authors! – I’ll be joining a group of inspirational authors at the RT Book Lovers Convention in Atlanta, Ga.

March 25 – Women’s Ministry March Gathering – 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Lake Forest Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. Join us for a lesson in forgiveness drawn from my novels (and more importantly, the Bible!).

February 17-19 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference – I’ll be teaching two classes at this small conference at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville.




  1. I can’t wait to read this book! (It’s available on ;)) Congrats on being picked up by Bethany House! That’s big time!!

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