In 2009, Sarah Towle realized that the "book" she was writing was not yet destined for print, but would make a series of killer interactive apps. From that moment, she began building Time Traveler Tours, a start-up developer and publisher of mobile StoryApp iTineraries targeting educational tourism.
More recently, with the introduction of digital authoring tools, Sarah also founded Time Traveler Tales, an imprint dedicated to publishing story-based interactive histories for tablet devices for the school and library markets.
Traveler Tours & Tales combine the latest in digital technology
with the traditional power of narrative storytelling to make history
leap from the screen. They put the past in the palm of your hand (mobile iTineraries), or
at the tips of your fingers (tablet iTales), and allow you to discover history with
those who made it.
From mobile to tablet, Sarah now plans to deliver her nonfiction narrative tales in bilingual packages via eReader and print "pocket" books. With the story content displayed in dual languages on facing pages, the coming series will be perfect for language learners and culture buffs the world over.
In her spare time, Sarah continues to feed her primary passion: teaching.
Sarah's breakout title, Beware Madame la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, reveals the history of the French Revolution through the narrative voice of murderess Charlotte Corday. It hit the App Store in July 2011, and went on to receive numerous accolades, including:
In July 2013, Teacher With Apps honored Sarah's app once more, certifying it as an educational App of Distinction, one of 25 apps that "go above and beyond excellent," in their words.
The English-language interactive book version of Beware Madame la Guillotine launched in iBookstores worldwide in February 2013. The French-only and French-English bilingual editions are in development now and slated for release in the 2013-14 academic year.
Additional titles -- both Sarah's Paris tales as well as stories from around the world by contribution authors -- will begin to follow in 2014-15.
Sarah's latest brainchild, the Time Traveler Tours & Tales Author Atelier, will enable the TTT&T concept to scale beyond Paris thanks to the contributors of member-authors. All future projects will launch first as interactive Tablet iTales with the companion StoryApp iTineraries and bilingual eBooks and print "pocket" books tagging along upon the development of the Time Traveler Tours custom publishing platform.
Sarah's love of story long predates any attempt to pen her own. An avid reader from the youngest age, she went on to forge a career as a teacher of English and English as a Second Language. Her profession offered her a first-class ticket to explore the world, an opportunity Sarah seized with gusto. She worked her way from New York to Central America then to China and Hong Kong and finally to Europe.
What she didn't anticipate was that her expatriate lifestyle would provide her a bird's-eye view of issues in cross-cultural communication and conflict. She used these insights to teach conflict resolution skills through literature and creative writing in her ever-evolving work as both teacher and teacher-trainer. When she and her family arrived in France in 2004, Sarah was denied an employment visa. That's when she rolled up her sleeves, sharped her proverbial quill, and really got to work.
Though now writing and publishing full time, Sarah continues to teach through her author visits, writers workshops, teacher trainings, online video tutorials, and speaking engagements. In addition, she coordinates the Paris-based Young Authors' Fiction Festival in collaboration with the American Library in Paris and SCBWI-France, an effort she has spearheaded voluntarily since 2006. The YAFF attracts the participation of over 350 young authors as well as 33 schools and writing programs every year. It has become a much-appreciated, and anticipated, Paris tradition.
Sarah believes that the ability to read and write changes lives for the better, unlocking future opportunities for both individuals as well as nations. For this reason, she proudly supports grassroots literacy programs in developing countries, through hands-on teaching as well as annual financial contributions. She is patron of such organizations as Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL), the Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA), and Room to Read.
To learn more about Sarah, visit her LinkedIn page.
Sarah is represented by Erzsi Deàk of Hen & ink Literary Studio.