Sarah Wisseman

, Female

United States

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Champaign, Illinois
About Me:
Sarah Wisseman writes the Lisa Donahue archaeological mysteries. She hadn’t a clue that she wanted to be an archaeologist until she traveled to Israel right after her freshman year in college. There she ate felafel, fell in love with Jerusalem, camped illegally on Masada, and spent a month at the excavation of biblical Beersheba. Once hooked by archaeology, she returned for her Junior Year Abroad at Tel Aviv University, an experience that eventually inspired The Dead Sea Codex (Hard Shell Word Factory 2006).
Sarah didn’t catch on that she wanted to write fiction right away, either. For twenty-five years, she has worked in museums, on excavations, and at the University of Illinois writing nothing but technical articles and non-fiction about mummies, ancient ceramics, and archaeological science. It was while she was preparing the non-fiction account of a mummy project, The Virtual Mummy (University of Illinois Press 2003) that the idea of a mystery set in her former museum (a creepy old attic) grew into her first novel, Bound for Eternity (iUniverse 2005).

Since then, Sarah has written another novel, The House of the Sphinx currently submitted but not published, and several short stories including Safari (Echelon Press 2006) and Let There Be Light (Amazon Shorts 2006). Her non-fiction article on archaeological mysteries appeared in the summer 2006 issue of Mystery Scene.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Barbara D'Amato, Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, Margery Allingham and many others

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  • Sarah Wisseman

    Not sure yet, Maryann. i'm going to Magna cum Murder in Muncie, IN this fall, and probably Malice Domestic in the spring.
  • Maryann Mercer

    I'd love to get to Magna Cum Murder but we're merging the bank about that before pleasure. Not sure yet about Malice. A lot depends on what I've got done. Thanks for accepting the invitation.
  • LC Fraser

    Hi Sarah! I got your new book for Christmas - looking forward to reading it.