Earlier this year, Sarah Berns, who’d never published a word, came to me with a draft of an essay and the hope that someday, the world would get to read her story. So I’m thrilled to report that after months of brainstorming, revising, and fine-tuning—i.e., after Sarah poured heart and soul into this piece—her essay was picked up by Outside and published this week: Finding Home in the West—by Smokejumping.
It’s the incredible true story of a young adventure-seeker who thrusts herself into the path of danger—and into a world populated mostly by men—and learns life-changing lessons about toughness, about survival, about who she is and where she belongs.
I couldn’t be prouder of this first-time author. Congratulations, Sarah!