Meet S. A. Slack
Born in Phoenix, Arizona may be the reason for SA’s love of turquoise, Native American jewelry, and citrus fruits. She’s been heard to say “One can not live in the Southwest and not appreciate such things. And there’s nothing like biting into a slice of a freshly peeled naval orange or downing a freshly squeezed glass of its juice.”
Writing has always been a big part of her life. She began writing stories and poems ever since she learned how to form letters with one of those big, fat pencils on the large-lined paper in grade school. In Junior High, she pounded away on her Dad’s old typewriter to make the stories more ‘official looking’…more like the books she loved to read. In High School, she took creative writing and journalism classes and flourished in them, with her teachers urging her to pursue a career in writing. And though she continued to write, her love of nature and animals led SA to major in Forestry in college. Marrying the love of her life, and with children coming along, she never stopped writing: newsletters for her church groups, brochures for small businesses, news articles, bringing her family’s history to life, and stories to entertain her children.
Then one day SA braved sending in her first article to the well known magazine, Family Circle. A few short weeks later she received her first rejection notice in the mail, along with a personal, handwritten note from the editor thanking her for submitting, but it was “not what they needed at the time.” The editor encouraged her to keep writing and submitting, but not understanding about the different types of rejection slips, and that a personal note was a good thing, SA was crushed and decided never to send anything in again.
A few years ago, still continuing to write, her family encouraged her to submit once again to have her work published. Putting pen to paper, or rather fingers to the keyboard, and having learned a little more about the rejection process, she continued to send in article after article until, to her extreme delight, she was accepted and published in a national magazine. Since then, she’s had more magazine and newspaper articles published, won places in national contests, and published three books; one for children, Pictures in the Paint, and two novels, The Austin Fires and Shadowed in the Springs, with more to come.
Besides reading, her other interests are paintings landscapes, traveling, gardening, geocaching, camping, working puzzles, and getting together with family and friends.
S. A. Slack