Is it true that Kelsey Grammer is making a TV show about Sarah Smiley?

In 2005, Kelsey Grammer's company, Grammnet, and Paramount Television optioned the rights to GOING OVERBOARD and Sarah's weekly newspaper columns to develop a half-hour sitcom for CBS about military life. Comedienne Carol Leifer, former writer for Seinfeld, was hired to write the pilot script.

Unfortunately, as with most things in Hollywood, there have been many stops and starts, and the project is no longer in development, which doesn't, of course, take away from the incredible honor of having Grammer, a longtime supporter of the military and its families, champion the idea with his enthusiasm and talent.


Can Sarah sign my copy of her book?

Sarah would love to sign your book, but you'll have to catch her at a book event/signing. Unfortunately she cannot accept and sign books via mail.


Where can I read Sarah's newspaper column?

Sarah's column appears regularly in newspapers and magazines all over the country. Some examples are:

  • Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME
  • Pensacola Magazine, Pensacola, FL
  • JaxAirNews, Jacksonville, FL
  • Times Record, Brunswick, ME
  • The Herald, Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
  • Colorado Springs Military Newspaper, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Fort Leonard Wood Patriot, Missouri
  • Killeen Daily Herald, Killeen, TX
  • Kitsap Navy News, Kitsap, WA
  • Whidbey Crosswinds, Whidbey Island, WA
  • Military Spouse Magazine, National
  • Connecting at Home Magazine, National
  • Military Money Magazine, National

Sarah's work has also appeared in:

  • USAA Magazine
  • Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler's Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Shopper's Soul
  • U.25, USAA's magazine for young adults
  • Mothers Know Best, by Small Potatoes Press
  • Chicken Soup for the Father and Son's Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms
  • Chicken Soup for the Children with Special Need's Soul

Don't see your paper listed? Write your newspaper's managing editor and request it.


Why can't I read Sarah's columns online?

Sarah's column is syndicated to newspapers throughout the United States; therefore, she does not publish her current columns online to ensure the exclusivity of her work in printed form.

Occasionally Sarah uploads previously published columns to her blog.

All of Sarah's columns written between 2002-2008 are available in her book I'm Just Saying...

All of Sarah's columns written between 2008-2015 are in her book Got Here as Soon as I Could.


My book club is reading Sarah's book. Are there discussion questions available?

You can find a reading group guide and discussion questions at ReadingGroupGuides.com.

The paperback versions of Going Overboard and Dinner with the Smileys have discussion questions included in the back of the book.