sarah byrn rickman

Author of the WASP

Sarah Byrn Rickman knew at 5 she wanted to write books. At 13, she read about Amelia Earhart and wanted to fly. A 20-plus year career in journalism — reporter/ columnist for The Detroit News and later editor of the twice-weekly Centerville-Bellbrook (Ohio) Times — put her on the brink of her dream of being an author. Add a master’s degree in creative writing and, Voila!— in 2001, publication of her first book — The Originals: The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II.

Oh yes, that desire to fly. Sarah earned her Sport Pilot certificate in 2011, flying a sweet little 1940s-vintage taildragger Aeronca Champ—yellow with a red belly. To write well about flying meant Sarah had to hear the wind singing in the wires and see the earth from a bird’s eye view.
Sarah now writes upbeat biographies about the skilled, gutsy young women pilots who flew in World War II. These books are written for today’s young women ages 12-15. Her, to date three YA books, complement today’s STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] curriculum. Girls can be aeronautical engineers too!

It’s 2021, make way for book #11— Teresa James WAFS Pilot: Gear Up/Gear Down, a P-47 to Newark.

The Second Edition of THE ORIGINALS is HERE!

Released Fall 2017, the Second Edition features a new version of the old cover — I call it the old cover in Hi Def — and numerous updates, particularly in the biography section. When it was first published in 2001, eight of the original 28 WAFS were still alive. Now all of them are gone.

The debut of the Second Edition celebrated the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron — the WAFS — by Nancy Love and Col. William H. Tunner. The date was September 10, 1942.

Please see updated sales information on my book page.

More about Sarah


n 2016, Sarah was the recipient of the Vinnie Ream Award in Letters from the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.

The award was for her 250-word essay about writing Finding Dorothy Scott — describing how she found Dorothy’s story and was inspired to write it.

Sarah is a former reporter/columnist for The Detroit News (Michigan) and former editor of the Centerville-Bellbrook Times (Ohio). She earned her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University McGregor.

Click on the plane to read Sarah's Essay!