By: Azka Khan

After growing up with no electricity in rural Arkansas to getting a Ph.D. in Germany, Dr. Sarah Ware has been all over. She currently teaches Molecular Biology lab as an adjunct professor.

Recently, she has added another achievement to her extensive resume: an author. Her new book, “Hillbilly Justice on the School Bus” is a ‘snapshot’ memoir depicting her childhood from ages three to eleven as a hillbilly in the rural, mountainous area of the Ozark Foothills.

Ware decided to write this memoir as a way of accepting her past and telling her perspective with short anecdotes.

“I believe it’s a story that needs to be told for historical documentation of life in the Ozarks, but I didn’t want to bore people with historical facts, so I hid the history in short, hopefully entertaining stories” said Ware, who published the book herself. She drafted her ideas, then whilst on a trip back to Arkansas with her family during Christmas, she added more stories and editing.

“My favorite part is interacting with my readers – friends, family and people I’ve never met before.  The comments that people have come up with after reading my book are priceless,” explained Ware.

Ranked number four in Amazon’s best sellers under Ethic and National, “Hillbilly Justice on the School Bus” is more than just a memoir. It reflects the simple life in a rural setting, where perseverance and community goes a long way.

“My kids think [life as a hillbilly is] strange but it’s an experience worth knowing,” added Ware. “I hope everyone falls in love with my book, because that means that they’ve fallen in love with the real-life characters that I love so much.”

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