- The New York Times


- Publishers Weekly


- Oprah's O Magazine

Sarah Smiley. Photo by Andrea Hand

Sarah Smiley. Photo by Andrea Hand

Navy wife Sarah Smiley is the author of a syndicated newspaper column and of four memoirs: GOT HERE AS SOON AS I COULDDINNER WITH THE SMILEYSI’M JUST SAYING, and GOING OVERBOARD.

Sarah is best known for writing about motherhood (she has three sons) and life in the military. Over the past 16 years, she has also received attention for her columns about depression, politics (particularly regarding the military and motherhood), baseball and life in Maine

In 2014, Sarah was awarded the American Legion Auxiliary’s prestigious national Public Spirit Award.

Sarah has been featured in Parade Magazine (Mother’s Day cover feature), The New York Times Magazine ("Confessions of a Military Wife"), O Magazine, GoodHousekeeping, Military Spouse Magazine (cover feature) and Newsweek.

Sarah has been featured on the Today ShowKatie Couric, Nightline, CNNCBS The Early Show, Fox News and MSNBC.


“It is that wry take on life... that Smiley does best.” 

- The New York Times Magazine

Photo Credit: Andrea Hand

Photo Credit: Andrea Hand

Military Life

Sarah is often credited with blazing the trail for contemporary military-spouse bloggers, authors and spokespersons. She has been a Navy dependent for more than 40 years, first as the daughter of retired admiral Lindell Rutherford, a career Navy F-14 pilot, and then as the wife of Cmdr. Dustin Smiley, also a Navy pilot.

Sarah has known her husband since she was a baby.


“Most eloquent when writing about [motherhood]…Yet, not afraid to take the military to task.”

- Military.com

Photo Credit: Andrea Hand

Photo Credit: Andrea Hand

Motherhood & Maine

Sarah has three sons: Ford, Owen, and Lindell. After more than a decade of moving around the country (San Diego, Ca.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.) with the U.S. Navy, the Smileys now make their home in Maine.

Sarah Smiley has a B.S. from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and a M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Maine.

She frequently serves as an adjunct instructor at local universities and colleges, where she teaches writing and journalism.

Sarah's son interviewed by Maine PBN. Photo: Andrea Hand

Sarah's son interviewed by Maine PBN. Photo: Andrea Hand