Lucy Sanna, author of both fiction and nonfiction, has found success in venues ranging from poetry and short stories to feature science articles and self-help books. With an education in English literature, a nose for research, and a passion for sensual detail, Lucy easily moves through time, place, and voice, bringing both creative fancy and authenticity to her work.
Her debut novel, THE CHERRY HARVEST (William Morrow) launched in June 2015.
Lucy has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR, and FOX, and her books have been recognized by national press, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, The Wisconsin State Journal, The San Jose Mercury News, Playboy Magazine, and Men’s World Magazine, to name a few.
Since 1999, Lucy has served on the Executive Planning Board for the National Kidney Foundation's annual San Francisco Authors Luncheon, the premiere authors event of the SF Bay Area, founded by Amy Tan and Ann Getty.
She has also served on the Board of the California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch, and she is co-founder and faculty member of the Gold Rush Writers Conference, now in its 14th year.
Lucy is grateful for support from -
- BREAD LOAF - invitational workshop in Sicily, 2014
- VERMONT STUDIO CENTER - residency fellowship, 2010
- SQUAW VALLEY COMMUNITY OF WRITERS - invitational workshop, 2008
"At times romantic, scheming, heartbreaking, and tragic, Lucy Sanna's fiction debut takes us to an America only just receding from memory. It is a time of war, love, and passion and in Sanna's hands it all becomes undeniably and vividly alive." - Christian Kiefer, author of The Animals
“A beautiful novel and a reminder that war touches every family, but never in the same ways. Sanna’s engaging, unforgettable characters show how every action can resound in unimaginable consequences—and what starts out as an act of kindness might prove the most dangerous. Haunting.” - Amy Smith, author of All Roads Lead to Austen
“A delight to read. The world Sanna created was so physically real and the characters so engaging that I was instantly drawn in . . . I read the book at one sitting... and highly recommend The Cherry Harvest." - Nancy Farmer, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion
"Lucy Sanna's Cherry Harvest goes beyond being a novel you won't want to put down. Her insightful characters and heart-stopping plot twists make it a tale that will stay with you always." - Antoinette May, New York Times best-selling author of Pilate's Wife and Sacred Well
"The Cherry Harvest gripped me from the first sentence. It’s a vivid, compelling, and beautifully written story, by turns lyrical and savage, as the well-drawn characters, consumed by passion, fear, hope, and hatred, move inexorably toward the unexpected climax." - Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, The September Queen, and Venus in Winter
"This debut novel makes a strong choice for book clubs as it addresses a wide range of topics for discussion: Is violence on a personal or global scale ever justified? Are relationships forged from necessity just as valid as those developed from emotion? Additionally, the issue of how deeply unacknowledged desires can affect the way we live is addressed." - Library Journal Advance Review