Sara Catterall was born in Ankara, grew up in South Minneapolis, majored in Drama at NYU (via Strasberg and the Experimental Theater Wing) and completed her MLIS at Syracuse University. That education in theater, literature, and research informs everything she writes.

 She has worked as a professional book indexer, and as a librarian at Cornell University. Currently, she is a member of Biographers International Organization, and serves on the Executive Board of her local independent bookstore, Buffalo Street Books.