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Sarah Strohmeyer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.
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Sarah Strohmeyer attended Case Western Reserve University.
Sarah Strohmeyer, a former reporter, writer, author.
Sarah Strohmeyer, a former reporter, writer, author.
(Meet Bubbles Yablonsky, beautician-reporter-sleuth and bl...)
Meet Bubbles Yablonsky, beautician-reporter-sleuth and blazing star of Sarah Strohmeyer's entertaining, establishment-bashing debut as a mystery writer. Like the mills that gird the book's seen-better-days steel town of Lehigh, Pennsylvania, the city is itself a seething cauldron. Battle lines are sharply drawn between the haves and have-nots. Bubbles is hell-bent on getting even with the overlords, especially her former husband, a heel who has gone over to the other side.
(Bubbles Yablonsky is in trouble. Her exposè of corruption...)
Bubbles Yablonsky is in trouble. Her exposè of corruption in Lehigh's social heights has infuriated the local paper's editor, so she's still a full-time hairdresser and only an occasional reporter. Her freeloading ex is back on her sofa after his socialite wife threw him out, her daughter's in love, and her mother thinks she's Jackie Onassis. Plus, Bubbles' chastity vow is not yet broken, which means sexy photographer Steve Stiletto's heart has remained just out of reach.
(A romantic getaway in the Poconos with Stiletto leads to ...)
A romantic getaway in the Poconos with Stiletto leads to a bizarre murder that sends Bubbles to a perpetually burning town, pierogi-wielding female assassins (think Pussy Galore in support hose with potatoes), and a mysterious assassin who wants Bubbles's investigation to go up in flames.
(After a catfight at a stuffy historical society meeting n...)
After a catfight at a stuffy historical society meeting nearly kills her career, Bubbles is given just one week to prove her worth to her editors at the News-Times and earn a real job thereby cracking her biggest story ever: uncovering who really murdered Carol Weaver's steel-executive husband with cyanide-tipped fingernails. More than Carol's own jail sentence for the homicide is riding on Bubbles's investigation. Also at stake is the possibility of corruption in the highest level of Lehigh Steel.
(Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect" ...)
Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect" When Nola Devlin is turned down for her dream job because she's overweight, she decides to become thin-or, at least, pretend to be. The alter ego she creates-the thin, British, hip, and did we mention thin Belinda Apple-is a smashing success who is offered movie proposals, national television appearances and even dates...though no one's met her in person, of course. Then Nola takes Belinda a bit too far, and is forced to join "The Cinderella Pact" and drop the pounds.
(Genie's commitment-phobic boyfriend is finally proposing ...)
Genie's commitment-phobic boyfriend is finally proposing on national television. To the woman, he's been seeing on the side. It's a major wake-up call for a girl who's hit the snooze button on her life a few too many times. With no names mentioned on the broadcast, Genie finds herself flooded with presents and congratulations. It's up to her to explain the mistake, but sometimes waking up is hard to do. When her parents start planning the reception, she can't help enjoying herself.
(Betty Mueller believed she did right by secretly ending h...)
Betty Mueller believed she did right by secretly ending her daughter Julie's relationship with Michael Slayton, a wild, older neighborhood heartthrob. Twenty years later, Betty has come to realize her mistake. Workaholic Julie is now the single mom of a teenager - and Michael, the one man who could make her happy, has been out of her life for the past two decades. Determined to make amends, Betty schemes to reunite the couple in a dessert class.
(Living in suburban New Jersey, Kat has a pretty serious r...)
Living in suburban New Jersey, Kat has a pretty serious retail habit. Now it looks like her husband Griff is having an affair...and setting up a secret bank account in preparation for a divorce. Suspecting her spending habits may be driving him away, Kat's determined to save her marriage by saving some money. But when her rich ex-fiancé turns up with a tempting bargain, she'll have to decide whether to love conquers the mall.
(Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachi...)
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries. But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight.
(ln How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, Zoe learns...)
ln How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, Zoe learns there is a dark core under the glittering façade of the fairy-tale themed amusement park where she's a summer intern. For starters, her boss has a blacker heart than Snow White's stepmother, and the other interns are worse backstabbers than Cinderella's step-sisters. On the upside, she has the chance of romance with a real-life Prince Charming, and a shot at winning a big heap of cash.
In 1984, Sarah Strohmeyer earned a Bachelor of Arts in the field of International Relations from Tufts University. She also attended Case Western Reserve University.
Sarah Strohmeyer began her career as a reporter for Home News. She also worked for Plain Dealer and Valley News. Her books, which serve up spot-on social critiques in a light, witty style, tap into both mainstream women's desires and the stereotyping all women can face because of their looks or their marital status. Her awareness of these issues comes in part from her 20-year career as a reporter, half of which she spent in New Jersey and Ohio.
She glimpsed the news-writing life while growing up: her father was a progressive news editor who hired a fair number of women. Nevertheless, in Strohmeyer's experience, newsrooms were "really sexist places - hard-drinking and macho." One incident drove that home: after three years at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, she was denied a promotion because she was pregnant. Strohmeyer recounts that she tried to keep her condition a secret, but her bureau chief, a "very ambitious woman," noticed her severe morning sickness and "ratted me out - a very anti-feminist thing to do." Strohmeyer found out from a friend that her promotion to high court reporting had been given to a different woman who happened to be single. As Strohmeyer tells it, "I called up my editor and said, "What gives?" and he said, "Well, Sarah, you never asked for my permission to get pregnant." Strohmeyer considered suing, but, after hearing discouraging advice from a lawyer, decided she "just wanted out - which is what women sometimes do, whether it's divorce or whatever." She was grateful to see a local paper "very much like Seven Days" spill the story.
In 1992, Strohmeyer moved with her husband Charles Merriman and 1-year-old daughter Anna from Ohio to Vermont, where she later gave birth to son Sam. Here she witnessed what might be called discrimination on the other end of the scale. Surrounded by her new neighbors, she found herself being scolded for letting Anna play with Barbies. Spurred by conflicting feelings about the unrealistically proportioned toy she had grown up with, along with a sense that those mothers needed to "lighten up," Strohmeyer conceived her first book, Barbie Unbound: A Parody of the Barbie Obsession. The small tome features role-playing scenarios and photos of 28 homemade, alternative versions of Barbie. The photographer, Geoff Hansen, worked with Strohmeyer at The Valley News in New Hampshire, where she had taken up reporting again.
Barbie Unbound was a tough sell - it seemed to invite a lawsuit from notoriously protective Mattel. But the book was finally published by New Victoria, a now-defunct lesbian-feminist press in Norwich. It became an immediate cult hit. Attuned to the media world, Strohmeyer called up "CBS This Morning" to tell them about the potentially impending lawsuit, and the national exposure only helped sales.
Sarah Strohmeyer wrote Bubbles Unbound, a mystery novel about a beautician-reporter-detective named Bubbles Yablonsky, following an interview she conducted with mystery novelist Janet Evanovich. The similarities between Evanovich's work and Strohmeyer's creation were noted by Grace Anne A. DeCandido in Booklist, who said that "having studied at the feet of the Master Evanovich, first novelist Strohmeyer unleashes Lehigh, Pennsylvania's Bubbles Yablonsky." Bubbles Unbound is the first book in the Bubbles Yablonsky series. Bubbles is a bubbly hairdresser that is totally mistaken for someone else, like a dumb blonde or something. Sure, she has the body to go with that Barbie doll look and she really loves shopping and wearing hot pants, but she's not dumb like a doll. Bubbles wants to turn her thirst for gossip and chit chat and propel it into journalism. This may seem unlikely for a hairdresser, but Bubbles knows a secret that could just be her big break. She has managed to find out about some juicy and dark stuff, and this blonde wants to use that to propel herself into a different line of work.
Strohmeyer's second installment of the Bubbles Yablonsky series, Bubbles in Trouble, follows Bubbles into Amish country as she searches for her friend who disappeared on her wedding day. The investigation is made even more interesting by Bubbles's sacrifice of make-up and spandex in order to be accepted into the Amish community.
(After a catfight at a stuffy historical society meeting n...)2004
(A romantic getaway in the Poconos with Stiletto leads to ...)2003
(Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect" ...)2006
(ln How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, Zoe learns...)2013
(Meet Bubbles Yablonsky, beautician-reporter-sleuth and bl...)2001
(Betty Mueller believed she did right by secretly ending h...)2008
(Genie's commitment-phobic boyfriend is finally proposing ...)2007
(Living in suburban New Jersey, Kat has a pretty serious r...)2009
(Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachi...)2012
(Bubbles Yablonsky is in trouble. Her exposè of corruption...)2002
Quotations: "One thing I've learned is that women can't read enough about romance, no matter what it is. And that's something that I like to write. Romance is just something women are interested in, whether it's Buffy or Jane Eyre."
Sarah Strohmeyer is married to Charles Merriman, a lawyer. They have two children: Anna and Sam.