Sara Fray

Sara Fray was born and raised in New York City where she attended The Spence School. She is the daughter of historian Laurence Bergreen and granddaughter of Adele Bergreen, one of the first female graduates of Yale Law School who later became a friend and legal advisor to Otto Nathan, Valentino Garavani and Gianni Bulgari. Her grandmother’s first-hand accounts of career trailblazing and a love for writing inspired Fray to become an author. After graduating high school, Fray attended Columbia University where she studied East Asian Civilization, American History and Film.

After earning her B.A., Fray became an A&R executive at The Orchard where she acquired the rights to Disney Channel star Emily Osment’s #1 Radio Disney song “I Don’t Think About It.” The single became the company’s second most profitable acquisition of the time. In 2008, Fray was invited by American Women in Radio and Television (now called The Alliance for Women in Media) to speak on a panel in Los Angeles about women in media.

Fray returned to the stacks of Butler library to research and edit Laurence Bergreen’s Columbus, The Four Voyages. The book was published by Viking in 2011 and became a New York Times bestseller. Shortly after, Fray began researching and editing Bergreen’s Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.

In 2013, soon after the birth of her daughter Zata Fray, she began working on her Young Adult adaptation of Bergreen’s Magellan: Over The Edge Of The World. The book was published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Macmillan, in 2017 and it was chosen as a selection of the Junior Library Guild that same year.

While still editing Magellan, Fray began researching and writing about the history of China’s Treasure Fleet. Her new book Seven Voyages: How China’s Treasure Fleet Conquered the Sea will be published by Macmillan on January 19, 2021 and is a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. The history for young readers details the life of Zheng He and the seven epic journeys that established China as a world power. 

 

Fray is a member of The Authors Guild, PEN America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is married to record producer, singer-songwriter Mark Fray. She met her husband for the first time backstage at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. They later reconnected in New York City and married soon after. They live in New Jersey with their daughter and Great Dane.