Notes from Evan Smith
"Sarah Bird is an Austin-based novelist and screenwriter, named Austin's best author in 2001 by the Austin Chronicle.
Bird has published ten novels. Her first novel, published in 1983, was the mystery Do Evil Cheerfully. In 1986, She published Alamo House, which is based on her time as a graduate student at the University of Texas.
After Alamo House, Bird published five romance novels under the pseudonym Tory Cates. Her experience writing those novels became the basis for her 1989 novel The Boyfriend School, which she adapted into the screenplay that became the film Don't Tell Her It's Me.
Bird has since published three more novels -- 1991's The Mommy Club, 1999's Virgin of the Rodeo, and 2001's The Yokota Officers Club, which draws upon her experience as a self-described 'military brat' she has also written various screenplays for the National Geographic Channel and Hallmark, as well as the CBS movie 'Yesterday's Children.'" - Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 5.20.04