"I can still remember dragging my pink desk chair over to the wall beside my bed and scribbling words between the vines of the rose-patterned wallpaper in my attic bedroom. They were mostly words of longing, anger, and hurt that I'd carefully hidden from the world. Years later, when I saw a construction crew tearing down my childhood home, I imagined me flying up the stairs to find glimpses of that girl one last time. But instead, I sat in the car and just watched, glancing up at that one small window, knowing that all I’d written would be easily recalled. All I had to do was close my eyes."
After nearly two decades as a scriptwriter and video/film producer for Fortune 500 companies, Sande Boritz Berger returned to her first passion writing both fiction and non-fiction full time.
Her short stories and essays have been published in The Rambler Magazine, Every Woman Has a Story by Warner Books, Ophelia's Mom by Crown Publishing, Aunties: Thirty-five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother by Ballantine and others. Berger has been a frequent contributor to Cup of Comfort, another best-selling series by Adam's Media and has written for their edition, Raging Gracefully. Her essay "Days of Bloom" is featured in Adam's, My Teacher, My Hero.
Other writing appears in the Southampton Review, Confrontation Literary Review, and Tri-Quarterly Magazine, Reflections, and several small presses, magazines and newspapers, including the East Hampton Star. An award winning poet, she received first place honors in two consecutive years for her poems: Tracks and Projects at Long Island University. Her short story, "The Sweetness" was awarded a prize by Moment Magazine, judged by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Sande has completed two novels. A 70's suburban story of a double divorce called "Split-Level", and a historical novel entitled "The Sweetness" inspired by true events. The latter was a semi-finalist in Amazon's 2010 Breakthrough Novel Awards. "The Sweetness" was published September 23, 2014, by She Writes Press.
She has taught creative writing as a volunteer at NYU's Medical Center Rusk Institute's pediatric division. Berger has recently completed an MFA in Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University.
Born in Brooklyn, and raised on Long Island’s south shore, Sande now lives with her husband in Manhattan and Bridgehampton. The author has two daughters.