Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson

is a Los Angeles- and Brooklyn-based writer. Her writing has appeared in publications including Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Salon.com and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She has ghostwritten nine books, including two uncredited NYT-bestsellers.

Her father-daughter memoir, Good Girl, is forthcoming from Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) in 2015. She is happy to visit with book clubs in California, New York and New England, or via Skype.

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Don’t Look Back (in Anger)

It’s been a year of looking back, literally and figuratively, while writing my memoir and going through all of the supporting materials that come in handy for double-checking dates, locales, and past states of mind. So grateful to those who talked me off the ledges as I wrote, and those who climbed up on the […]

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Posted Under Essays
| Originally Published In Marie Claire

Single Girl’s Guide: How To Drive Cross-Country

My first solo road trip was impulsive: On an October Monday three years ago, while exorcising heartbreak in Los Angeles and anxiously awaiting news on a script I’d written, I decided to visit a music industry friend 2,000 miles away in Nashville, Tennessee. As I drove into Nevada, I saw one rainbow after another, six […]

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| Originally Published In Salon

In defense of romantic failure

I have been writing and dating for roughly the same amount of time now: 21 years. Both pursuits involve sharing your most hidden self with another person who, in the beginning at least, is a complete unknown. It’s terrifying, embarrassing and pure, gilded magic, which is why we continue to bare ourselves, even in the […]

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| Originally Published In Marie Claire

The Happy Hookup: Friends with Benefits

I’ve never been one for “friends with benefits.” I know the concept works for a lot of women, but to me it suggests resignation: getting it on with a dude who’s only around because you both lack better alternatives. I don’t envy the girlfriend whose neighbor coaxes her over for a lackluster couch fumble with […]

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| Originally Published In Bullett Media

Grant Singer on His Sky Ferreira-Starring Short Film, ‘IRL’

The kids are not alright. The short film IRL makes this clear in just 17 minutes. DirectorGrant Singer, an up-and-coming music video director (Sky Ferreira, The Soft Moon), and writer Patrik Sandberg, who moonlights as an editor at V magazine, have created a stark-but-stylized portrait of their life in NYC, starring indie ingénue Sky Ferreira as a lost girl […]

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DEAR SANTA (I NEVER GOT MY TEMPORARY TATTOOS)

Dear Santa, I know I haven’t written to you in a few years (okay, so like thirty), and it probably seems a little fair weather of me to turn up now, but I only want two things this holiday season, both kind of hard to ask for, so there’s nowhere else to go. May I […]

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| Originally Published In The Points Guy

Destination of the Week: New Orleans

WHAT TO DO It’s impossible to keep a city like New Orleans down. Long known for its raucous, free-spirited mélange of cultures, cuisines and musical genres, as well as half a dozen truly inspired annual excuses to party, including of course, Mardi Gras (February) and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or Jazz Fest […]

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| Originally Published In The Points Guy

Destination of the Week: Shanghai

WHAT TO DO Shanghai is a city of contrasts, which makes it a particularly tantalizing locale to explore. In recent years, an explosion of luxury hotels, upscale shops, and vibrant nightlife has given the city an international glamor that is quickly making it one of the premier destinations in Asia. At the same time, pockets […]

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| Originally Published In Salon

Hiding my freckles

Angel kisses. That’s what my Grammy called my freckles when I was a little girl. And what my great-grandmother called my mom’s freckles when she was a little girl. Unfortunately, our Grammys can’t be with us all of the time, and much of the universe lacks their confectioners’-sugar-dusted worldview. Where I grew up, in mid-coast […]

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