Born and raised outside Pittsburgh, PA, Sara's first memories are those of music. She is named after the rather obscure James Taylor song "Sarah Maria" (on JT's Gorilla album).  Her Dad just forgot to add the "h."  

Sara was classically trained in piano which led to her interest in other instruments. She's been making up songs since she was very small.

Sara spent many summers volunteering in Kentucky, where the bluegrass music influenced the way she wrote. At age 15 she borrowed her Uncle's guitar, and around age 22 she taught herself the ukulele. The first time she tried it, she played for 8 hours straight and forgot to eat. It was just too fun to put back down. 

Sara's poetry, non-fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous publications.  When she's not playing music, she's selling software in the high-tech industry in California. 

She is proud graduate of Gettysburg College, where she studied English Literature, Philosophy, and writing. She earned a masters degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Drew.