Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is a Cherokee tribal citizen and the author of the award-winning Sadie Walela Mystery Series. She grew up on the banks of Lake Eucha in northeastern Oklahoma and uses that location as the setting for her mystery novels to transport readers into modern-day Cherokee life.

She is the winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Original Softcover Fiction by Women Writing the West, the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Best Mystery, Mystery of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and the Trophy Award for Best Fiction Book by Oklahoma Writers' Federation. Sara has also been a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award.