Hello everyone! Welcome to What A Nerd Girl Says!
My name is Sara and I live in Southern California, as I have my entire life. By day, I’m a hiring coordinator for a home health care agency here in Orange County but by night, I am an author/blogger/professional fangirl. I’m thirty-one years old, the oldest of six kids, half Mexican, half Irish. I live with my boyfriend, Daniel, his best friend, Chad, and our two kitties, Kaz and Kai, who are, yes, named after some of my favorite book characters.
I’ve had many different jobs in my life but the one that I’ve always had and probably will never be able to shake is writer. My first novel, The Awakened, was published in December of 2015 and the sequel, The Sanctuary, followed in January of 2017. I am currently working on a young adult contemporary novel based loosely on my experience with type 2 diabetes.
I have loved to read my entire life. I know so many people who have THE book that got them into reading – I don’t really have that. I was taught to read very young and fell in love with stories and books so young. I grew up on Baby-Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. When I was young, YA didn’t quite exist the way it does now and so I read whatever my mom had, including her romance novels and true crime novels. I fell in love with Harry Potter when it made its US debut in 1998, when I was ten years old, and I first fell in love when I read Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries when I was twelve. When I was fifteen, I read my first Tamora Pierce book and my favorite genre has been fantasy ever since.
This blog was created in 2012 to be a place where I can share my passion for writing, reading, young adult literature, and all things in the nerd community. There was a period of time where I felt like I lost my way a bit and got caught up in the “business” side of it, obsessed with follower counts, views and whether or not major publishers were giving me ARCs. In the last year or so, I went back to my roots and fell back in love with What A Nerd Girl Says, completely re-did the blog and am back to the place of passion and love for all things nerd.
When I’m not doing all the things I talked about above, I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend, my cats, my friends and my family. I love to go to the movies and hang out at both Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood – I’m a passholder at both. I’m obsessed with anything tiki, especially tiki bars, and love going to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. I like going out to eat and discovering new restaurants and I can get lost in Target any day. I’m also learning to be more outdoorsy and going on hikes with the boyfriend.
I also love love love to run. About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and it flipped my world upside down. I changed my diet and suddenly became incredibly active. In doing so, I discovered a love for running. I’m not very fast and I’m not very good but I absolutely love it and just completed my 10th 5K. I started a brand new blog as an offshoot to this one called A Nerd Girl Gets Fit, where I share and tell the stories of taking care of my health and fitness, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.
I’m so glad you’re here and I hope that you enjoy the blog! Please check out my various social media accounts and drop me a line if you have any questions or just want to say hi!
Color: Pink, purple, blue
Author: JK Rowling, Leigh Bardugo, Tamora Pierce, Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare
Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Trickster’s Choice, Six of Crows, Cress, City of Glass
Genre: fantasy, mostly young adult
Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle
TV Show: Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars Rebels
Band/Artist: Something Corporate, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Set It Off, Issues, NSYNC
Food: tonkotsu ramen
Bookstore: Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. You can check them out here.
Superhero: Captain Marvel, Ironman, Wonder Woman, Winter Soldier
Disney Character: Winnie the Pooh, Belle, Hatbox Ghost, Oogie Boogie
Fictional Female Characters: Princess Leia, Ahsoka, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Sabine Wren, Rose Hathaway
Fictional Male Characters: Jace Herondale, Adrian Ivashkov, Kaz Brekker
OTPs: Clary and Jace from the Mortal Instruments!!