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; her father, James “Poddy” Bryan, was a professor of American literature and a designer of miniature golf courses. Her brother, Will Bryan, is a filmmaker in Richmond, Virginia.