Sarah HackleyName: Sarah Hackley

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Book Title: Preparing to Fly: Financial Freedom from Domestic Abuse; Finding Happiness with Migraines: A Do It Yourself Guide

NFAA Chapter Location: Austin, Texas

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Tell us a bit about you. What kinds of writing do you do and what do you do for work? I write on a variety of topics, but the one thing that ties my work together is the idea of personal empowerment. I want my readers to believe they have the power to transform their lives into vehicles for joy and fulfillment, regardless of their personal circumstances. As far as other work goes, I am a woman of many hats. I serve as the controller for a multi-state healthcare company, as well as the in-house editor for a publishing company in Austin. I’m also a writer for, a freelance journalist and editor, a poet, and a writing coach.

What are your publishing-related goals? I’m working on my third nonfiction book right now, as well as my first novel.

What motivated you to want to run a local chapter for NFAA and what do you hope to accomplish with your chapter? Austin has a number of resources for fiction writers and poets but few for nonfiction writers. I felt called to help fill that need. Nonfiction has so much to offer readers! I always tell my children that they can learn how to do anything they want if they can find the right book.

What advice would you offer to fellow writers? Read as widely and as often as possible, but make sure to network, too. Writers need a tribe as much as—if not more than—other people.

Please list any favorite books, tools, or resources you would recommend for fellow writers.

Poets and Writers is a great resource for writers, regardless of genre. I also love Brittany Bullen for social media marketing tips and Kristen Lamb for writer-specific marketing advice. I also highly (and repeatedly) recommend William Hertling’s slim volume on marketing books: Indie & Small Press Book Marketing.

What do you do for fun? I love playing pool, dancing, singing, yoga, and kickboxing. And, of course, I’m an avid reader.

Is there anything else you would like to add?  I’m excited for my new role in the NFAA, and I encourage all Austin-area members to join us for our next meeting!