Friday, December 10, 2021



S.M. Adams
 is a licensed secondary school teacher and experienced college instructor with over 10 years’ experience in the field of education.  She holds graduate training in both American History and Adolescent Education. A confessed late bloomer Sarah returned to college as a student-parent to uncover her life’s passion for education and helping others. For years of community service and volunteer work, S.M Adams was awarded the prestigious New York Life fellowship from the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service in 2008 and received the Phoenix Award from Urban Resource Institute thereafter. She also briefly spent time on the policy committee of HEAASC, the Higher Education Alliance for Advocates of Students with Children. As a domestic violence advocate, she has appeared on NYC Fox 5, NYC Bronx 12 as well as in Marie Claire magazine. A graduate of City College of New York and Pace University this New York transplant by way of Jamaica W.I. loves the summertime, reading on the beach, eating mangoes and spending time with her son and husband.

Arise and Walk: From the Sidelines of Life to the Next Level is her latest book.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing? 

I’m a teacher, instructor and trainer.

When did you start writing

I’ve always written, in journals, for school newspaper wherever

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life? 

I was a history major in grad school and I think all that writing and rewriting cemented my future as a writer.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

To the Caribbean, on the beach after midnight until about 5am in the morning.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Bake rum cake.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I’m a fiction author so most of my setting is real life. This book has a tennis courtside references. I’m currently thinking about other references I can make in future books.

Back to your present book, how did you publish it?

This book is independently published and relied on bringing together a team to help get it off the ground.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Absolutely not !! I wrote most of it during the pandemic lockdown

Why was writing Arise and Walk: From the Sidelines of Life to the Next Level so important to you? 

Because I wanted to help everyone who would have to reimagine and reinvent their lives after the devastating effects of the pandemic.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is? 

From Life. I love to journal my daily experiences, and so re-reading my journals provide inspiration for my writing.

Whatever challenge you may currently be facing, Arise & Walk: From the Sidelines of Life to the Next Level offers a proven framework to assist you in making that much needed life transformation.

During the pandemic with her classroom shuttered S.M. Adams an experienced educator and instructor shifted her focus from teaching adolescents to creating a different kind of lesson plan, one to help survivors of the Covid 19 pandemic and its devastating aftermath, reimagine and reinvent themselves.

Always a teacher first, this new author with over a decade’s experience in New York City classrooms uses verbal imagery, examples from her own life along with interesting analogies to make clear the mindset shifts and action steps which lead to a transformed life.

So, if you’re unsure of what to do, look no further.

Arise & Walk: From the Sidelines of Life to the Next Level will help you to think about:

  • How to begin to process change
  • How to emotionally and mentally deal with downscaling
  • Whether to continue with the old venture or start something new
  • Which relationships to embrace and lean into as you undergo a life change
  • How to clear the path to accomplish new money goals


  • How to better manage time in a way that suits the new you.

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