What do you get when you combine a love of cemeteries, mythology, psychology, and story telling with an authentic Southern voice? Me, Sara Stark
Sara Stark is Nellie Williamson's alter ego. After all, writing is an acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Nellie grew up on a farm in middle Georgia, but having been married to a Navy man for nearly fifteen years, she has lived in most parts of the US at one time or another. Nellie has degrees in Classics, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering. She's spent the past twenty-something years in the crazy and demanding world of Corporate America. So when the morass of making a living got boring, as a creative outlet, she took up writing, and Sara emerged. Nellie still works in Corporate America, at least until Sara publishes more. Their current home is Seattle, Washington.
Nellie has certificates from the University of Washington in Literary and Popular Fiction, has attended three writers' retreats, and for her novel An Untold Want, she was a finalist in the Mainstream Literary Contest at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Writers' Association (PNWA) Conference.
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Janice is a naive, sheltered 30-something from one of New Orleans' old money families. Her mother wants her to marry within her station, but Janice is obsessed with Brad, a young player well below Janice and her mother's social status.
When Janice makes a voodoo doll, Brad becomes the obsessed, and Janice has to grow up fast. She learns that wishes should be well thought out and that dolls ain't for play.
An Untold Want
Being born into a family of witches in a small Georgia town is more than enough to brand Maggie MacAllister a social pariah. In the fifteen years since she came home from college with a PhD, baby Liz, and no husband, she has withdrawn from life, from a world where gossip is truth and image is all that matters.
Maggie just wants a normal life, maybe even a husband, but everyone knows that any man who falls for a MacAllister woman dies in the prime of life. So, even though Maggie sees herself as a rational, science-minded person, her family and its history weighs on her, colors her life in deep shades of loneliness and self-doubt.
When a medical emergency befalls her daughter, Maggie is forced to examine the choices she has made. Forced to let others into her rigid, cloistered lifestyle. Forced to recognize a potential, and younger, suitor. But will she be able to overcome her fear of what others think of her and accept her heritage? And if she does, will she be able to protect the people important to her from the small town dogma and drama and still find happiness?
An Untold Want is a Women's Literary Fiction. It was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2012 Mainstream Fiction contest.