Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, native Sarah Luisa Bryan grew up in the Carolinas and Virginia, in a family of Carolinian and Cuban heritage. She and her husband Peter Honig live in Durham, North Carolina. Sarah and Peter are both old-time fiddlers and 78 rpm record collectors.
Her mother, Cristina Freeman Bryan, is an author, publisher, and historian in Calvert County, Maryland; her father, James “Poddy” Bryan, was a literary critic, professor, and designer of miniature golf courses, from Myrtle Beach. Her brother, Will Bryan, is a filmmaker in Richmond, Virginia.