So you began your career in magazines, and you currently work for Glamour. So if we stopped by your place, we’d find you in Jimmy Choos and a coordinated outfit, right?

Umm, sorry to disappoint. I’m currently wearing ratty leggings (hey, at least they’re not jeggings), a shirt that the baby spit up on two hours ago and I’m having an epic bad hair day. Anyway, I did come to fiction by way of magazines. I began my career writing for women’s magazines. My first assignment was for Marie Claire straight out of college. I still think fondly of the email I got from the editor telling me of the assignment. I ought to frame it. And yes, I do work for Glamour. I’m their health and fitness blogger. But don’t get any ideas about me being a glamour girl. I keep expecting someone to nominate me for ‘What Not to Wear.’ I’m always expecting Stacy and Clinton to ambush me.


What’s the weirdest thing about you?

A little nosy, are we? Alright, alright, I’ll confess: I sneeze, without fail, when I take a bite of chocolate. Just the first bite.


You have three kids. And I hear you have another novel coming out in the spring and are working on your third? How do you get it all done?

I have a dirty little secret. I put the kids to bed early. Really early. I don’t understand parents who let their kids stay up till 11 PM every night. My 4 month old is asleep by 6:30 every night, and the 4 and 2 year old are in bed by 7:30. This gives me exactly 4 hours to write in the evenings before I get sleepy. One can accomplish a lot in 4 hours! Yes, this also means I have absolutely no life. The other night when my friends were all at the U2 concert in Seattle, I was working on my third novel. A friend sent me an email from a box seat at the show while I was wrestling with chapter 14. Yes, I did bang my head against the desk a few times.


So you’re basically telling me that you have no life.

Yes mam.


I imagine you’ve heard from a lot of readers so far. What’s the weirdest thing someone has written you?

Honestly, the most fun thing about being an author so far is hearing from readers. I literally run downstairs to my desk every morning (with the baby in my arms) and fire up my Blackberry and open up my email to see what readers have sent me. I haven’t gotten any strange notes yet, but I do hear from a lot of people who are annoyed that the book is called The VIOLETS of March, and yet there’s what seems to be a pansy on the cover. I think that I’m probably doing alright in the complaints department if they’re—so far—only about pansies. Oh, click here to see the real story behind the violets in VIOLETS.


What song do you have stuck in your head right now?

Do you really want to know?


Yes. I asked the question, didn’t I?

OK, OK. My kids are obsessed with the SteveSongs guy from PBS Kids. “Treasure Hunt” has been stuck in my head for the last three days. It’s a song about a guy who lost his keys. There you have it.


I’m sorry I asked.

Told you.


What three things can you not live without?

My Blackberry. My Nespresso machine. My Spanx.


You realized you just told thousands of people that you wear Spanx, don’t you?

So sue me. I just had a baby.


This interview is going downhill. Should we wrap up?

Yes. Please.


Do we have time for one more question?

Alright, but be nice.


We haven’t talked about what you’re working on now. You mentioned a second book. And a third?

How thoughtful of you to ask. Why yes. My second novel, THE BUNGALOW, will be published by Penguin (Plume) in March or April of 2012. I hope you’ll look for it.


Um, I wrote it.

Oh yeah. Anyway, I’m really proud of this book. I really fell in love with the characters, and I just love the cover. I’m also (as you know) working on book #3 (almost done!), and dreaming up the story for book #4.


My, you’re working so hard. Don’t forget to eat and sleep. And go for jogs (remember, the Spanx.)

You had to go there.

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SARAH JIO is a veteran magazine writer and the health and fitness blogger for Glamour magazine, a role she’s had for nearly three years. In addition, she is a women’s health contributor to Womansday.com, the web site of Woman’s Day magazine. She has written hundreds of articles for national magazines and top newspapers including Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, Hallmark magazine, Seventeen, The Nest, Health, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The Seattle Times, Parents, Parenting, and Kiwi. In addition, Sarah is a monthly columnist for American Baby. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition. Sarah has a degree in journalism and writes about topics that include food, nutrition, health, entertaining, travel, diet/weight loss, beauty, fitness, shopping, psychology, parenting and beyond. She frequently tests and develops recipes for major magazines. Her first novel, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH was published by Penguin (Plume) in May 2011. Her second novel, THE BUNGALOW, will debut in the spring of 2012, also from Penguin (Plume). Her third novel is in progress. Sarah lives in Seattle with her husband, Jason, and young sons Carson, Russell and Colby.

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  1. Impressive interview with Sarah Jio. Thanks for sharing this great article.

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