We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Cortez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how does your business help the community?
My nonprofit helps writers of all ages learn and improve writing skills. We excel in making acquisition of writing skills accessible, fun, and tailor-made to each learner. For years, research has shown consistently that people, especially younger people, who have outlets for self-expression have better lives, better relationships, and better social skills. All of this is above and beyond the capacity for imaginative use of the mind and heart.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Becoming a writer ( my first book was published in 1999) was the fulfilment of my most precious childhood dream. I have thirteen published books in almost all genres, and I am still energized and excited about picking up a blank piece of paper and trying to write something new and unique. To be a success at anything is never easy. It takes hundreds, if not thousands, of hours spent in trial and error plus hard work. Then, more hard work. What’s so exciting to me about my nonprofit, Catholic Literary Arts, is that we teach children, teens, and adults to write and/or write better. We are able to fuel their excitement, their imaginations, their dreams of being a writer. Being able to help others in these ways is profoundly rewarding.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take a visitor to Galveston Island, way down West Beach, to hear the sea birds and watch the light on the water. We would eat fried shrimp at a hole-in-the-wall and drive back to Houston. The next day I would take my friend to the Museum of Fine Arts to look at the Renaissance art collection. Then we’d sit and write in the MFA library–the most precious jewel of a library left in Houston. For dinner, we’d go to Bellissimo Ristorante on Airline Drive for the chef-owner Javier Machuca’s unusual and utterly scrumptious dishes combining Italian and Mexican flavors.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?