Sarah Ratliff grew up in New York City (Manhattan). Both her parents were writers. Her father, George Orick, was the head writer for ABC News from 1974 to 1988. Her mother, Emily Allen Orick, worked as a writer and editor for The New Yorker and as a regular freelance writer for The Atlantic.
Although Sarah believed the apple hadn't fallen far from the tree, she had to take a different route to discovering her own voice.
After 20 years in the corporate world, in 2008 Sarah and her husband decided to buy an organic farm on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. It was here that Sarah Ratliff began writing professionally.
Most of Sarah's writing has been as a ghost—taking on the personas of her clients. In 2015 Sarah Ratliff published her first book with writer and editor Bryony Sutherland. Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide is an anthology of essays from authors all over the globe, exploring how being more than one ethnicity affects identity.
Based on her experiences surviving the most destructive hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in recorded history, Sarah Ratliff's latest book, Sarah's Tips for Preparedness: Minimizing the Impact of a Natural Disaster is now available on Kindle and in paperback in both English and Spanish.
In response to the destruction of Hurricane Maria that will continue impacting the island for generations, in July 2019 Sarah founded Purple Coquí Tours, specializing in vacation planning and experiential travel. It is the first of its kind on Puerto Rico.
In general, Sarah's writing focuses on advocacy: of the environment, people of color (PoC), women, geopolitics—especially if it relates to Puerto Rico—and medical marijuana. For a few of Sarah Ratliff's bylined articles, please see her portfolio.
Sarah Ratliff's 30-second elevator speech about her:
Sarah Ratliff is a corporate America escapee turned eco-organic farmer, writer, published book author and activist. She is the co-author of Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide, an anthology of essays exploring mixed-race identity that has attracted 50+ 5-star reviews on Amazon. Her main topics of interest are Puerto Rico, medicinal cannabis, health, race and gender, addiction, politics and the environment. Her bylines have appeared in Big Buds Magazine, The Fix, Addiction.com, High Times, Civilized, Merry Jane, Mother Earth News, Blavity, TripSavvy and Matador Travel.