At 14, she wrote her first book, Wild Hero, a harrowing tale about a young girl and her dog in the Montana mountains. Her favorite book, Heidi, compelled her to write Wild Hero, penned on thick, fuzzy, unlined paper with thick-leaded pencil. Imagine her joy when she read her eighth-grade teacher’s encouraging words on her report card! At that moment, Sally knew she would be a writer.
By fits and starts, she pursued her passion of penning words and phrases that would encourage her readers.
Sally’s first home office was closet sized, hidden behind the basement stairway. Here, during her childrens’ school days, she wrote devotionals, stories and personal journals. Her numerous journals fill a box in her closet, awaiting exploration for future stories.
RESCUED AT SEA! Sally’s son called her from Alaska on Dec. 8, 1996 at 6:30 AM Alaska time and said, “Hi, Mom. I’m okay, but we lost our (crab fishing) boat at sea.” The news went national and Sally’s writing life changed. She felt compelled to write his dramatic story and, after a couple visits to Alaska where he makes his permanent home, she continues to write about the wilds of the north. Check out My AHA Moment video.
How this came to be.
A close friend who worked for Mutual of OmAHA told me their AHA Moment campaign bus would be traveling to Duluth to interview people who had experienced an AHA moment. She said I would be a good candidate. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in front of a camera in the bus telling the world about my son's experience of survival at sea. Voila! Here I am.