About Me

sarah bates
fallbrook, ca
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I’ve been writing since I was a kid. Of course at first, not much happened with it. You know, book reports, then essays, then business writing that took me into marketing and advertising. Lots of fun but excruciating deadlines.

    After leaving advertising in 2000 to write text for a book packager, I began a three-year stint writing features for the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News.

     Seven of those stories garnered Society of Professional Journalists awards.

    It was then I ventured into the world of make believe, writing fiction between newspaper deadlines. I nearly levitated when my first short story showed up in the San Diego North County Times newspaper. Following this momentous event my writing appeared in Bravura, the literary magazine of Palomar College. Then in 2005, along with author Carmi Cosmos, we published Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. Now, two novels and many short stories later, I am still writing and completing a new novel.

     I live in Fallbrook, California with my husband Jim Bates who is a fine art watercolor painter. When I am not writing I tutor writing. For ten years I have worked as a writing tutor for the English Department of Palomar College.

My writing group, the Fallbrook Professional Writers has been together for fifteen years.



          Out of Our minds, 
wild stories by wild women
twenty-one steps of courage
       The Lost Diaries of   Elizabeth Cady Stanton                     


sarah bates, writer