In this installment of the Weekend Name Drop, I’m featuring another Atlantic Canadian writer, this time even closer to my homeland of Pictou County. Meet Sarah Butland.
Name: Sarah Butland
Creative field: Writer, Advocate for Nutrition and Literacy
Location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Best known for: Author of the Adventures of Sammy series
My connection: I first heard from Sarah in my Facebook group. Sarah had been added to the group by my cousin, Kelli Cruikshank. In fact, it was shortly after I featured Kelli in my very first installment of The Weekend name Drop. Sarah posted in the group, offering to review one of my books. Delighted to hear from an author from my homeland of Pictou County, I sent her a copy of The Chain and she kindly reviewed it on Amazon. Since then, we have maintained contact on Facebook and Twitter.
Inspiration for this writer: Sarah has been a prolific writer for most of her life. She has many books already available on Amazon, including Kindle editions of short stories, an idea I am still exploring. However, it is her presence on social media and advocacy for local authors which drew my attention and admiration. For years now, she has amassed an impressive following on Facebook and Twitter as well as a wider portfolio including YouTube and several blogs. In 2013, she organised a Meet Your Neighbourhood Author event in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow, an event covered by The News. Even just this one article introduced me to authors in the Pictou-Antigonish region such as Sheree Fitch, Jennifer Hatt and Monica Graham. I recognise some of myself in Sarah, as I also try and promote local authors in my area of Taumarunui. Sarah also conducts interviews on her blog, again promoting fellow authors.
Why you should check her out and share with others: Sarah writes for a variety of ages and in a variety of genre and for a variety of purposes. Her Adventures of Sammy series promotes healthy eating for young people in order to combat childhood obesity and encourage literacy at the same time. Daringly, she’s also ventured into the horror genre, writing Arm Farm for adults. Perhaps even more daringly, she’s recently published a short story, Life Imitated, involving euthanasia. Sarah has a lot going in in her imagination and channels it creatively and productively into her books and blog posts.
Sample of work:
“The hospital couldn’t keep me any longer so my parents were coming back from their summer home. With gritted teeth, because I could still do that, I waited their arrival. Between visits from nurses, beeping of machines and voices of passersby I floated between sleep and memories.
Moments of my past which I thought would be my future were now horrible reminders of who I wouldn’t be. Costumes, recitals, audiences, applause and the positive energy all would allow me to feel were gone. In place was the dreariness of a hospital room, awkward stares and pity. I couldn’t stand their pity but couldn’t be bothered to tell anyone.”
Here’s Sarah, herself, sharing from her book, Sending You Sammy: