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I write for children, young adults and adults.
Here's a little more about me and my work.
It all started in the Blue Ridge Mountains--at Crystal Springs Elementary School in Roanoke, Virginia. That’s where I became an avid reader, writer and adventurer. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Smith, a wordsmith, (pun intended) was one of my biggest cheerleaders. One day I told her that my dream was to become a writer. "Good readers make good writers," she replied and handed me a little purple journal. "There's a story everywhere you turn."
Her words gave me permission, in a sense, to explore and observe my neighborhood. My friends, and occasionally my sister and two brothers, roamed the backyards, alleyways and surrounding woods and streams. Sometimes we'd even bring along our beagle, Chippy. When he ran away and didn't return until the next morning, we stopped inviting our cheeky dog.
At bedtime I chronicled these exploits in the journal that I kept hidden under my pillow. My parents rarely told me to turn off the light. Little did they know that I was also writing about them!
I thank my Mrs. Smith and my parents for regularly encouraging and motivating a passionate little girl.
Here I am in the second grade. Nice haircut, huh?!
It’s no surprise that some of my favorite books were—and still are—Harry the Dirty Dog, Curious George, Harriet the Spy and Stuart Little, stories about inquisitiveness and adventure.
After graduating from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, I moved to New York City and wrote for national magazines, eventually landing a column at the Associated Press called Kids. I interviewed some famous people (Meryl Streep, former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter, Little Richard and Merle Haggard among others) and those who simply had compelling stories (an advocate for Hmong urban gardeners and an environmentalist who composted with worms in his New York City apartment.)
Journalism was fast-paced and satisfying, yet book writing with its slower tempo became my passion after my daughter and son were born.
My collaborations with a legendary southern football coach (a New York Times bestseller) as well as a former New York Yankee batboy, offer young adult and adult readers hope in overcoming life’s obstacles.
Talented illustrators, Laura Cornell and Ross MacDonald, bring my words to life.
When not working on a book I'm active on the board of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, a one day literary extravaganza bringing authors, illustrators, readers and artists together. Teaching an after-school creative writing class to 4th-6th graders at Cornwall Consolidated School in Cornwall, Ct. has been a great experience. For eleven years, as the founder of and special advisor to the Project Sunshine Book Club (www.projectsunshine.org) I had the privilege of bringing talented authors and illustrators into hospitals to work with ill children.
My husband, Bob, a lawyer, watercolorist, and fellow adventurer and I live in New York City--not too far from our grown children, Liz and Alex.
As a family we've hiked the mountains in the Andes (Machu Picchu) and in the Himalayas (Ladakh northern India.) Whenever we can get together the four of us always have fun--no matter what we're doing.
Here are some articles, interviews, and reviews if you'd like to know more.
(Click on link below and scroll down to 7th interview) http://wbgo.org/post/author-sally-cook-helps-you-learn-how-speak-soccer#stream/0
HAPPENING IN THE HILLS
WOMEN AROUND TOWN
Photo credit: Bleacher and Everand Photography.