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Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach PostKansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. 

Sarah is the author of SEA WITCH, which was an Indies Introduce and Indie’s Next selection. Its follow up, SEA WITCH RISING, is out August 6th. Her first YA contemporary, about a down-spiraling softball player who is recruited to play quarterback on her ex-boyfriend’s football team, comes out January 7th, 2020 and is called THROW LIKE A GIRL. Also scheduled for 2020 is the first book in her next fantasy duology—a feminist tale inspired by The Princess Bride—called THE PRINCESS WILL SAVE YOU, is out in summer.

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The sequel to her YA fantasy “Sea Witch,” which will continue with the epic fairy-tale retelling of “The Little Mermaid” from the perspective of both the sea witch and the little mermaid’s left-behind twin, exploring the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.

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Praise for Sea Witch Rising:

“An atmospheric twist on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.”
—Kirkus Reviews




Wicked meets The Little Mermaid in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

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Praise for Sea Witch:

“This book reminded me of the magic inherently present in the best kinds of stories. Mystery and wonder abounds in SEA WITCH, and I fell in love with Evie's sharpness and her strong sense of self. Prepare to be lost in these pages for hours on end.”
—Renée Ahdieh, New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and THE ROSE & THE DAGGER; THE FLAME in THE MIST and SMOKE IN THE SUN

“A tale full of loss, friendship, love and magic, this is one origin story you don’t want to miss.”
—Nicole Castroman, author of BLACKHEARTS and BLACKSOULS

“Henning’s dive into Little Mermaid lore is equal parts dark and tantalizing. Like the sea it sings of, this story has a strong pull. I found myself unable to set it down!” 
—Ryan Graudin, award-winning author of WOLF BY WOLF

“Like the sea herself, Sarah Henning’s SEA WITCH is full of magic, mystery, and dark longing. I was swept away.”
—Heidi Heilig, best-selling author of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE and THE SHIP BEYOND TIME

“SEA WITCH is a tale as dark and deep as the waters that haunt its pages. With its vivid storytelling and explosive ending, this book will pull you beneath the surface and keep you there until the last page.”
—Adrienne Young, New York Times best-selling author of SKY IN THE DEEP

“All hail Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch, a New Queen of the Sea! Mystery, romance and revenge sweep you in, and there is magic on every page. Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch comes out of the water with magic on every page. Loved!”
—Danielle Paige, author of the DOROTHY MUST DIE series and the upcoming novel about DC Comics’ MERA

Sea Witch Trade Reviews/Accolades:

Selected an ABA Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2018 pick

Selected an ABA Indies Next Summer 2018 pick

Named one of "The Hottest YA Books of Summer"

“This spin on The Little Mermaid is full of plot twists and heart-in-throat action. Fans of twisted fairy tales will find plenty to love.”

Deftly transforming a fairy tale into a richly layered exploration of culture and relationships, Henning tells the origin story of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”
––Publishers Weekly

“Foreboding warnings about crossing class boundaries and burning witches foreshadow a dark and unexpected twist at novel's climax.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“This enjoyable read will entertain and be a great fit for collections where fairy-tale retellings are popular.”
—School Library Journal

“Take everything you think you know about The Little Mermaid and set it aside, because with enchanting prose and wickedly clever twists, Sea Witch blows it all—quite literally—out of the water.”
—Louise Marshall, Rakestraw Books, Danville, California

“This book floored me. I was expecting to like it, but I fell hard and fast for Sarah Henning’s original take on the sea witch story. ... Magic, love, and loss permeate this stunning novel, which I will be highly recommending!”
—Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, Colorado

“To read its pages is to walk what appears to be a familiar path only to find it suddenly transformed into something altogether more unexpected, incisive, and beguiling. ...Henning’s presentation of the origins and character of the villainess from Anderson’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ is a true standout, a story that resonates well beyond its final page.”
—Kenny Brechner, owner of DDG Booksellers, Farmington, Maine

“A cross between Wicked and The Little Mermaid, this is the YA you’ll want to keep in your beach bag this Summer.”


Throw like a Girl


A contemporary romance and underdog story about a former championship-wining softball pitcher who has to prove she can be team player by becoming the not-so-backup quarterback on a rival high school's football team. Publication is scheduled for January 2020.

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A feminist YA fantasy inspired by The Princess Bride. The novel follows a princess who sets off to rescue her true love - a stable boy - after he is kidnapped. Publication is scheduled for summer 2020.