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 freelance writer for The Atlantic.
Although Sarah always believed the apple hadn't fallen far from the tree, she had to take a different route to becoming a writer than her parents did. After spending over two decades in the corporate world in a variety of marketing, project management and administrative roles, today Sarah feels fortunate to call herself a corporate America escapee turned eco-organic farmer, writer, activist, serial entrepreneur and published book author.
In 2007 Sarah and her husband made the decision to leave their corporate jobs and buy a farm on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Much to the shock of their friends and family, they sold their house in Southern California, quit their jobs (with biotech giant Amgen) and then they picked up their lives and moved to Puerto Rico. Sarah wrote about this (seemingly) abrupt about-face in a blog for Mother Earth News.
Sarah and her husband own Mayani Farms, an eco-organic farm with goats, pigs, ducks and chickens—and their dogs and cats. At the moment there isn't much to see on the farm as 80 percent of their trees were destroyed in Hurricane Maria. They're in the process of cleaning things up.
Having sunk all their savings into buying the farm and constructing a house, Sarah and her husband found themselves in a desperate situation. With $40 in their checking account, they had to figure out how to feed themselves and their animals.
Sarah decided to give that old pen and paper a try. Within a week of laying out her "Ghostwriter for hire" sign, Sarah got her first writing gig. One article turned into many, which eventually led to her being too busy to manage her clients' work on her own. Sarah was forced to hire first one writer and then two.
Completely unplanned was owning a small content marketing agency, Coquí Prose, which she named after Puerto Rico's mascot (a one-inch frog). With a collective expertise in addiction, mental health, medical marijuana and a few others, Coquí Prose provides writing, graphic design, research and social media management.
Collaborating 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.Being Biracial is available in paperback and eBook from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Based on her experiences surviving the most destructive hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in recorded history, her 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 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.
When she is in a playful mood and is paying close attention life going on around her in Puerto Rico, Sarah adds them to the Musings From Her Puerto Rico Homestead page.