Meet Sabrina Halvorson.
Sabrina grew up in Central California, where she worked at her father’s bi-weekly newspaper as a teen. At 19, she was hired on as the education and agriculture reporter at the daily newspaper in a nearby city. Three years later, she moved to Fresno and was brought on as a reporter and producer for a news radio and television station. For more than 20 years, she reported hard news on the radio and television while also writing feature articles for magazines. She also wrote short stories for fiction anthologies.
During her news career, she was often called in to report on major crimes such as the disappearance and murder of Laci Peterson through the arrest and conviction of Laci’s husband, Scott Peterson; the disappearance and murders of three Yosemite hikers, and the murder of a separate fourth victim, through the arrest and conviction of Cary Stayner; and the family killing spree of mass murderer Marcus Wesson. She also reported on political and national happenings such as the Clinton Impeachment, the September 11 attacks, and the war in Iraq.
In 2012, Sabrina switched her focus from hard news to agriculture news with a focus on policy and politics. She continues her news career in network radio and is heard daily on weekdays in five states. She also writes for several magazines.
Her two decades in hard news introduced Sabrina to many aspects of the human psyche. She taps into that first-hand experience while writing fiction to help bring her characters alive. She completed her first novel when she was 25, though she didn’t pursue publication for it. In the 20 years since that time, Sabrina discovered a fascination for much darker stories.
Sabrina now lives in North Dakota with her husband, Rusty. She has two grown children, Jonathon and Aria, who are the highlight of her life.
Photos by Britta the Photographer.