Sarah Ballance: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

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Well, that’s not entirely true. Some of you know all of this and more, but clearly I’m not talking to you. *LMAO.* For everyone else, have some fodder:

Tubal baby @12mos.

1. My husband I have six kids–three boys and three girls–which is probably not news to most of you. What might be, however, is  number six arrived AFTER I had portions of my tubes removed and the remaining pieces tied and burned closed. Um, SURPRISE! (She’s cute, but she’s been trouble from day one … literally. And the first five we had on purpose so a surprise of any kind was a SHOCK).

2. I never missed a single day of school. When I graduated from high school, I received a certificate for thirteen years of perfect attendance. (No, I never got sick. Ever.)

3. I’m a science and math nerd. I started college while still in high school. (Dual enrollment wasn’t a thing then…I was the first for my school and the first for my college, or at least for the administrators involved, and it was a PAIN.) I double majored in biology and biochemistry in college, enduring hours upon hours of physics, calculus, and biology-type courses until organic chemistry finally kicked my ass. It was the first time I’d ever failed a class. (20 years later, it still stings.)

4. When I get aggravated with my kids for not listening to me, I recite in Spanish the Pledge of Allegiance to America. I swear that has to be the most useless bit of foreign language I’ve ever learned (how much allegiance can you have if you can’t say it in English?) but it stuck with me and it annoys the crap out of them. (Therein lies the charm).

5. I drink my coffee “white.” As in, with so much creamer it’s white. My husband says I should just drink milk, but I don’t like milk. So there. (Also of note, I refuse to pay $5 for a cup of coffee.)

My son’s 3D army tank cake, made by moi.

6. I decorate cakes. When I was a kid I used to love looking through my grandma’s cake books, and those memories rank among my fondest. Even still, I never expected to follow in her footsteps. It came about as a side effect of making and decorating my oldest daughter’s first birthday cake, with everyone calling me to make theirs after that (then their party guests, and theirs…). The cake to the left is one of my faves. I made it for my son, and it stood about 8″ high and 12″ long with camouflaged cake inside. (The tank gun doesn’t actually work.) Any my surprise baby? She does the same thing to my I did to my grandma. I hope her memories are one day as fond as mine.

7. I never, EVER wanted to be an author. 

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Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled Publishing.

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17 Responses

    • Sarah Ballance

      Yes! We can’t imagine not having her. I’m just glad she arrived less than three years after #5 and not like…ten years. She fits right in with the rest of the gang this way. 🙂

  1. Barbara Monajem

    Your surprise baby is so cute!! So, if you didn’t want to be an author, what happened? Because you definitely are one now. 😉

    • Sarah Ballance

      Thank you, Barbara! As for the writing, one of my friends told me I should write a book. I said no way, can’t do that. Then it bugged me that I said I couldn’t, so I wrote one. I submitted exactly one query, for which I was offered a contract. I figured it was meant to be! LOL.

  2. Michelle McLean

    love it! Esp love the cakes – I do that on the side too! 😀 The hubs doesn’t like cake so I only get to do it for bdays and the occasional cake for a friend. It’s fun though 🙂

    • Sarah Ballance

      OMG I feel like I do nothing but bake cakes from April through September! I wish you lived closer. I’d hire you and I’d take a break! LOL.

  3. ginaconkle2013

    Sarah, you deserve a medal…or something! Mother’s Day has to be extra special with that much love surrounding you. I admire your cake abilities as much as the dual major. Impressive! Best wishes on your jump to contemporary romance~ 😀

    • Sarah Ballance

      Thank you, Gina! Writing historical was even more of an accident than writing at all. i have a way of falling bass-akwards into these things, LOL. Contemporary feels good!

  4. Bronwen Evans

    How lovely to learn more about you! How you have time to write I’ll never know. Your children must be angels.

    • Sarah Ballance

      Thank you, Bronwen! And ha! They’re homeschooled. They flee as soon as I let them. We spend the whole day together so they’re good with giving me space. Or else.

  5. Sandra Owens

    I’m echoing Bronwen. How do you have time to write? Fun post.

    • Sarah Ballance

      Thank you! 🙂 They’re so good at entertaining one another, and my husband takes them (1-2 at a time) to work with him almost every day so he can spend time with them. He’s awesome!

  6. Maggi Andersen

    I’m in awe, Sarah! I have three children and never seemed to have time to ice cakes when they were small. Reciting the pledge seems to be very effective!

    • Sarah Ballance

      I think the third kid is the hardest. After that, you don’t even notice an uptick in the chaos, lol. 🙂 Thank you, Maggi!

  7. jessicajefferson

    I’m going to need a detailed instruction manual on how you are able to write with homeschooled children! I love that you were a math-girl and stumbled into writing. I think we need a part two to this blog to better understand how exactly that happened.