Sarah M. Anderson

Contemporary Westerns with a KICK


Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, she had plenty of encouragement to learn everything she could about the tribes of the Great Plains.

When she started writing, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux.  She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go. Sarah writes for both Harlequin Desire and Samhain Publishing.

Sarah won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Desire of 2012 for A Man of Privilege and accepted the award in person in Kansas City at the RT Convention on May 3, 2013.

Combining snarky humor with shirtless cowboys on horseback, Sarah strives to raise awareness of the realities of life on Lakota Indian reservations. She uses proper Lakota translations when her characters speak their native language.

Sarah lives in Illinois with her husband, son, and rescue dogs. She is a writer and editor at Mark Twain Media, Inc., an educational publishing company. When not chasing her son around or writing, she attempts to read, knit, and complete home improvement projects on her historical 1895 Queen Anne house.


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How did you get started writing?

Like every author, I got my start writing by reading. Getting lost in other times and places was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and throughout the years, I took various cracks at it. Those attempts were all pretty terrible. The trick to writing is to keep writing. It’s both that simple and that hard.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I can finish a book in three to four months, depending on what’s going on with my family. Then the book has to make a few rounds between my readers before it gets passed up to my agent and then my editor. It’s not unusual for me to be writing one book, doing revisions on a second book, and proofreading a third one at the same time.

How many books are in this series? When will the next one be out?

A Man of His Word, A Man of Privilege and A Man of Distinction were a loosely related series I call Lawyers in Love. A Real Cowboy was a stand-alone book. The Bolton Brothers include the books Straddling the Line, Bringing Home a Bachelor and Expecting a Bolton Baby. Mystic Cowboy, Masked Cowboy and Nobody are a different series called Men of the White Sandy. Then I’ll be starting a new series with Rodeo Dreams for Superromance. Finally, I’ll round out 2014 with the first three books in a brand-new series called The Beaumont Heirs.

Did you sell the first book you wrote?

No. A Man of His Word was--wait, let me count--the tenth book I wrote. I’ve written nineteen total. The first three books I wrote were how I learned to write. If I hadn’t written them, I wouldn’t have figured out how to build a book. But that doesn’t mean anyone else should ever read them!

Where do you get your ideas? Are your characters based on real-life people?

I have what has been described as ‘an over-active imagination.’ While that wasn’t always a benefit in the classroom, now I appreciate it. I don’t base any of my characters on real people, but I do try to put my characters in real places. Most of the American Indian reservations I use are real places in and near South Dakota.

Some of the reservations you describe are not much more than third-world countries. Are you creating those places or are they real?

Sadly, no. Many American Indian reservations are places of extreme poverty. The Pine Ridge Lakota reservation is the poorest county in the United States. Many of the homes there have no running water or electricity. There are no stores on the rez, as its known, and few schools. Students have to be bussed several hours away, and most drop out before they finish eight grade. Drug and alcoholism is rampant.

Do you support any charities to help the Lakota?

Through blogging, social media, and donations, I support Lakota Pine Ridge Children's Enrichment Project. They collect school supplies and clothing for Lakota children on Pine Ridge and other reservations. I encourage people to stuff a backpack and support their efforts. You can make a difference, one child at a time!

What language do your Lakota Indian characters speak? Is that really Lakota?

My Lakota Indian characters do speak Lakota. Most of the translations were provided by Lakota Language Consortium (, an organization at the forefront of Lakota language revitalization. Other members of the Lakota tribe have generously provided me with translations.

Can you introduce me to your agent and/or editor?

I wish I could, but it’s just not possible. If you’re just getting started with your writing journey, I recommend starting with Editors and Preditors, Query Tracker, and Writers Beware, as well as looking into a trade organization, such as Romance Writers of America. There’s a wealth of information out there. The best thing to do is write, write, write!

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2014 Press Kit


The person in front of her asked some frivolous question about how Longmire felt about his status as a sex symbol. Even as Trish rolled her eyes, Longmire shot beet red. The question had unsettled him. Perfect.

“We have time for one more question,” Jennifer announced after the nervous laughter had settled. “Yes? Step forward and say your name, please.”

Trish bent over and grabbed her check. It was comically huge—a four-feet long by two-feet tall piece of cardboard. “Mr. Longmire,” she said, holding the check in front of her like a shield. “My name is Trish Hunter and I’m the founder of One Child, One World, a charity that gets school supplies in the hands of underprivileged children on American Indian reservations.”

Longmire leaned forward, his dark eyes fastened on hers. The world seemed to—well, it didn’t fall away, not like it did in stories. But the hum of the audience and the bright lights seemed to fade into the background as Longmire focused all of his attention on her and said, “An admirable cause. Go on, Ms. Hunter. What is your question?”

Trish swallowed nervously. “I recently had the privilege of being named one of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women in honor of the work I’m doing.” She paused to heft her check over her head. “The recognition came with a ten-thousand dollar reward, which I have pledged to One Child, One World in its entirety. You’ve spoken eloquently about how technology can change lives. Will you match this award and donate ten thousand dollars to help children get school supplies?”

The silence that crashed over the auditorium was deafening. All Trish could hear was the pounding of blood in her ears. She’d done it. She’d done exactly what she’d set out to do—cause a scene and hopefully trap one of the richest man in the world into parting with just a little of his hard-earned money.

“Thank you, Ms. Hunter,” the emcee said sharply. “But Mr. Longmire has a process by which people can apply for—”

“Wait,” Longmire cut her off. “It’s true, the Longmire Foundation does have an application process. However,” he said, his gaze never leaving Trish’s face. Heat flushed her body. “One must admire a direct approach. Ms. Hunter, perhaps we can discuss your charity’s needs after this event is over?”

Trish almost didn’t hear the Oohs that came from the rest of the crowd over the rush of blood in her ears. That wasn’t a no. It wasn’t a yes, either—it was a very good side step around giving a hard answer one way or the other. But it wasn’t a no and that was all that mattered. She could still press her case and maybe, just maybe, get enough funding to buy every single kid on her reservation a backpack full of school supplies before school started in five months.

Plus, she’d get to see if Nate was as good-looking up close as he was at a distance. Not that it mattered. Of course it didn’t. “I would be honored,” she said into the microphone and even she didn’t miss the way her voice shook, just a little.

“Bring your check,” he said with a grin that came real close to being wicked. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one that large before.”



5 stars! "Sarah M. Anderson took Clarence; a male nurse who has little patience, and made him the embodiment of everything a drool worthy romance hero should be"--Kame, The Book Palace

4 1/2 stars! "This novella is perfect. A sweet, charming romance slowly builds between Tammy and Clarence."--Danielle, The Book Palace

4 feathers! "A sweet, well written novella about two people taking a chance on each other and not letting their pasts, or insecurities, keep them from what could turn out to be a real good thing.  I pretty much fell in love with Clarence within the first page, maybe second, of this novella and seriously, what isn’t there to love about him?"--Evermore Books

4 stars! "I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series so far, and loved the little scene with Rebel and Nobody, and this is a wonderful little slice of life installment for two characters that we’ve gotten to meet and see throughout the series."--Books n' Wine

4 stars! "A sweet romance that continues the Men of the White Sandy series that is very enjoyable."--Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind

B! "The romance is kind of earthy and sweet, with just a right amount of sexy."--Red Hot Books

4 stars! "This is a very quick read but a sweet one.  If you’ve read the rest in the series you definitely want to grab this one and if you haven’t read the series..  well…. get moving!"--Books-a-holic Anon

4 stars! "Even though this is a novella length read, the warmth, caring and sweet side of romance is all there and feels good."--Tome Tender