Sarah Cain

Sarah's life has centered around the written word.

After graduating from Smith College with a BA in English, Sarah went to work for a public-private partnership writing grant applications enabling the Philadelphia’s small manufacturing companies to remain viable in a global economy.

Recognizing the myriad of problems facing the city, Sarah became active in Philadelphia politics where her ability to bring clarity to complex issues quickly brought her notice.

Seeking to expand her experience, she started Beorn Communications, a public relations firm.  Here she became involved in a broad spectrum of writing efforts.  She wrote speeches for politicians and corporate executives. She designed and wrote direct mail pieces.  She developed video concepts and scripts for clients ranging from unions to computer software manufacturers.

Her video work led to the writing and producing of a short film on the development and impact of a union sponsored Drug Rehabilitation Program.

As a mother of three, she became deeply committed to the local component of the national Child Safety Seat Campaign.  This year long effort to raise child car seat usage was recognized with an award from the Philadelphia Special Court Judges. Additionally, her agency won The Power of Print award in 1992.

Sarah also remained involved in Philadelphia politics, producing direct mail and press releases for political clients.

In 1992, Beorn Communications merged with Venture Analysis Inc., a political consulting and marketing firm that provided speeches, press releases, brochures, direct mail and political strategy for candidates ranging from local candidates to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to Presidential Candidate John Kerry.

After a career in politics and public relations, Sarah turned to fiction in 2013. Her short story Amsterdam was selected to appear in the Main Line Writers’ anthology Unclaimed Baggage. Two of her micro fiction pieces were first place winners in Flash!Friday Fiction contest.

Sarah is a member of The Main Line Writers Association and The Brandywine Writers Association. In her spare time, she enjoys working with young writers.

One By One, the follow up to her highly acclaimed noir thriller, The Eighth Circle, is available March 2017 (Crooked Lane Books).

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Praise for Sarah Cain's Danny Ryan Thrillers

One By One:
  • "Compelling."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "Cain plots furiously...a remarkably florid climax."
    Kirkus Reviews
The 8th Circle:
  • “This dark thriller is a fast-paced plunge.”
    Kirkus, starred review
  • "Ryan is a perfect hero; with nothing left to lose, he’s incorruptible. One can certainly see the brooding journalist making a compelling series lead."
  • "Cain’s intricately plotted first novel...makes for exciting reading."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "Darkly twisted and tightly written, this debut novel is packed with action...An intriguing and unexpected conclusion leaves the stage perfectly set for future books in the series."
    RT Book Reviews