Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology and loves exploring the science of human origins.
Sarah’s fiction appears in various small-press anthologies including Windows into Hell, based on A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck, and Valcoria: Awakenings based in the universe of Jason King’s fantasy series Valcoria: Children of the Crystal Star. She volunteered as an assistant/acquisitions editor at BYU’s Leading Edge Magazine from 2011-2014, and she has published a handful of independent works for fun.
She has participated on panels at writing and pop culture conventions from 2014 through early this year, including Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE); CONduit; the World Horror Convention; Westercon; Salt City Steamfest; and Salt Lake Comic Convention (SLCC).
The Science Student
Sarah’s father introduced her to dinosaurs at age four with a toy stegosaurus and a little picture book he brought back from a business trip. She made up her mind at age eleven, when she discovered a PhD was the highest science degree one could obtain, that she was going to get one of those PhDs someday and become a paleontologist.
While studying at Brigham Young University, she worked as a lab technician at the school’s Museum of Paleontology and took part in two mentored research projects. She also took extra biology courses outside of her major to prepare for future paleontology studies, then fell in love with human origins and the natural history of the human body while taking evolutionary biology and human anatomy courses her senior year.
Last summer, she had the amazing opportunity to participate in paleo-archeological field studies at Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya through George Washington University and the National Museums of Kenya, and took part in a mentored research project through the program.
The dream of obtaining a PhD is still in progress. After applying to eighteen different graduate programs (six rounds of applications) in an eight-year stretch, she is very excited to begin MSc studies in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University College of London this September.
Other Random Facts
Sarah has a music minor, and played cello in BYU’s symphony orchestra for three years. She participated in a NASA BEST Student Multimedia Internship (through UMBC) where she collaborated long-distance with a student team as part of a STEM project in 2008 (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?). Her job was to create background music for short informational clips about NASA’s plans to return to the moon. She is not sure what happened to those clips, unfortunately…but she got paid to make cool organized sounds on her computer.
Sarah is also a devout Mormon (member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). She loves visiting LDS temples, family history research, discussing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and serving in her current volunteer assignment as a ministering sister coordinator (formerly called visiting teaching coordinator) in her YSA ward. To learn more about the LDS faith, check out mormon.org or LDS.org.