Strange to admit, I didn’t want to learn to read. I loathed school and preferred running around outside like a free barbarian.

Soon after learning, I read all of Edgar Allan Poe. What a difference from my boring, babyish schoolbooks! Poe awakened my love of language with his words of fire.

I wrote my first story in third grade, when I was seven. The teacher rejected it because it was a day late. This prepared me for the writer’s life.

But after I wrote the story, I realized I could read it. Stories came from somewhere! And I could make them.

Over time, my short stories, poetry and articles appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Interzone, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, The Lyric, Woman’s Day® and Seventeen™, among others. Two stories were recently published in an anthology called The Adventure of Creation. A play was produced in the Baltimore Playwrights’ Festival.

I’ve written ad copy and edited art instruction books for Grumbacher, taught writing at the University of Baltimore, co-founded and run a literary quarterly and worked as a reader/fiction editor for a literary agent. In 2003 and 2004, I provided copy editing of a 400-page novel for Brenda Novak’s Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes. Now I’m senior copy editor on a medical journal.

If there’s a job connected with writing, seems like I’ve done it. But as a natural short story writer, learning to write novels has been a challenge. I may have finally figured out how to do that.

Before moving to Texas, I lived in San Jose. Before that: Baltimore. Before that: New York.

By now, I must’ve used up four or five lives. I think I’ll stay here a while and concentrate on my stories.

Romance Writers of America Novel Awards (Unpublished Category)
Spring into Romance, Long Contemporary Finalist
Winter Rose, Series Contemporary Third Place
Coeur de Louisiane Romancing the Tome, Overall Honorable Mention

Romance Writers of America
Codex Writers’ Group


M.A., Creative Writing and Publishing/Publications Design, University of Baltimore

Some work previously appeared under the name Sally Darnowsky or S.J. Driscoll

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