in addition to her memoir, Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint), Sands is the author of the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Penguin/Random House Reader’s Circle Selection and a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction; and a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft (Moving Finger). Her plays include an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, which recently enjoyed its tenth production, and the comic/drama Fair Use, which explores the “was it plagiarism?” controversy surrounding Wallace Stegner’s novel, Angle of Repose.
Sands is also a singer/songwriter; she recently produced her first CD, Rustler’s Moon, and performs widely. Also a theatre artist, her directing experience runs the gamut from Shakespeare to Giradoux to new works by new playwrights, and she has an extensive acting resume. A popular teacher, she leads workshops and lectures for such conferences as the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Sands is Professor Emeritus, Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA; she is also the editor of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. She lives in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada.