Dorothy Sasso

Freelance Writer

Huntingdon Valley, PA

Dorothy Sasso

Freelance writer, editor, proofreader and researcher. I am an Arts & Entertainment, Lifestyle and Health & Wellness writer. I write book reviews, event previews, personal essays and features. I am experienced in conducting interviews and covering events. I'm a pop culture junkie always on the hunt for new books to read and TV shows to obsess over.

You can find my book reviews at and learn more about my novel in progress at


Local Author Spotlight: Dunmore, Wilkes-Barre natives tackle addiction

With a Twist” by Maryellen Evers, LCSW, CAADC. Author’s current location: Dunmore. Evers also has a private therapy practice with Ron Refice & Associates in Dickson City. Author’s local connection: “I graduated from Marywood in 1994 with my MSW,” Evers said. “When I decided to move back north from Florida, after living there for 15 years, coming to this area only seemed natural.
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Local Author Spotlight: Area history, culture subjects of works by locals

Book’s title: “Forgotten Hero: The Life, Letters & Diaries of Lt. Ezra S Griffin”. Author’s local connection: Petula says he has a, “life-long interest in local history, (was a) history teacher in the Scranton School District for 35 years and a member of the Lackawanna Historical Society since the 1960’s and also a volunteer at the Society for the last 15 years.”.
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Local Author Spotlight: Books on firefighting, Dunmore, baseball published

Book’s title: “Fire Men: Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family”. Author’s hometown: Ryman was born and raised in Binghamton, but has lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania longer and considers Scott Township his hometown. Author’s local connection: Ryman says, “I’m employed as a fire protection engineer for a large commercial insurance company.”.
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Local Author Spotlight: Tales of a thief, a reverend, a serious injury and baseball poetry

This month’s Local Author Spotlight features poetry, a reverend’s story and the tale of a 13th-century thief. Local connection: Mitchell says, “I served St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hughestown for almost three years. My wife has been serving two UCC churches, one in Plains, the other in West Pittston for six years now.
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Local Author Spotlight: Tales of area mining history, a book of poems and a fictional story of love, loss and family

This month’s Local Author Spotlight features life in an old-Italian family, a book of poems, and a look at several local mining disasters. Local connection: O’Mara lived in West Pittston for about 30 years. She is the wife of a local pastor and has ministered with her husband throughout North-central and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
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Local authors, local books: NEPA writers share natural healing tips, a rock ‘n’ roll memoir, a man running from his fears and one big mistake

Authors from Northeastern Pennsylvania are letting creativity flow from the tips of pens, but area publishers are also taking center stage in this week’s Local Author Spotlight. Here’s a look at some of the written creativity by local authors. Healing: A Common Sense Approach to Total Health Transformation”.
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Local Author Spotlight: ‘The Line Leader,’ ‘A Visit From Saint Nicholas,’ ‘Caught Looking,’ ‘The Doors You Mark Are Your Own,’ and ‘Alma de Cuba: Reflections of a Cuban Soul’

This month’s local author spotlight features life in a post-apocalyptic world, a graphic-novel-take on a Christmas classic, tales of what it was like emigrating from Cuba to America, and a children’s book that teaches a valuable lesson. Local connection: Jones grew up in the area and earned his associates degree in graphic design from Lehigh Carbon Community College.
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Dorothy Sasso

I have been telling stories my whole life. I was a highly imaginative child who was endlessly inventing creative games.

I started writing short stories very early on, and eventually worked up to starting my first novel in high school. While the book itself was highly derivative of the fantasy novels I had been reading at the time, my submission of the work in progress led to my placement in an advanced freshman writing class at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola, I pursued a writing and history degree, which I earned in 2003.

My first job was as an editorial assistant at "Soap Opera Digest." Initially, At the magazine, I worked my way up to being the co-editor for "The Young and the Restless" and eventually "Guiding Light".

During my time at "Soap Opera Digest", I earned a Masters of Science in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12). Afterwards, I spent 8 years as a history teacher, but never gave up my love of writing.

I introduced a major research term paper into the 8th grade curriculum, as well as regular essays, which helped to hone my proofreading and editing skills. I also put together my own sourcebooks to use in place of textbooks, which were compiled from a variety of sources. This included a writing guide. Additionally, I helped to streamline a writing curriculum for the middle school History, English, and Science classes.

In 2014, I left teaching to raise my daughter. I had kept a book review blog from 2011-2014, which drew the attention of the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. She brought me on as the paper's weekly book reviewer. Over time, my responsibilities evolved to include a weekly events preview for Philadelphia and New York, as well as a monthly Local Author Spotlight.

My work at the Times Leader included interviews, transcriptions, event previews and features on a variety of subjects.

I have also written for The Weekender, a weekly publication that is part of the Times Leader, Geekadelphia,, and

Currently, I write for She's It, a Lifestyle Technology website for women and for Geekadelphia, "Philly's premier geek blog, primarily covering passionate topics such as film, comics, literature, video games and technology with a local focus."

I am also working on a novel, The Maybe Baby Club. Visit to learn more.

I look forward to taking on more freelance opportunities in writing, research, proofreading and editing.



  • Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Research