Former Big Rapids midwife pens new fantasy book

BIG RAPIDS – Career changes can be a daunting challenge, and one former Big Rapids midwife gave up a life of catching babies for one of writing page-turners.

Sarah Branson’s new book, “A Merry Life,” takes readers to the 24th century New Earth, where new nations have arisen to replace those that died with Old Earth, which was plagued by floods, fires and pandemics that changed the planet and decimated its human population.

The publication marks Branson’s first authored book release. The first in the Pirates of New Earth series, “A Merry Life” was published by Sooner Started Press in April.


Branson first moved to Big Rapids from Oregon with her husband to pursue nursing school as he began work at Ferris State University in the journalism department.

Once Branson completed school, she became a nurse-midwife, delivering many babies in Big Rapids.

After starting a family, Branson and her husband moved to Petoskey to continue work and eventually ended up in Connecticut.

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