Sharon Skinner is an award-winning poet who received her B.A. in English from Ottawa University and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Prescott College.
She is currently a board member for Anthology, inc. and the AAGP (American Association of Grant Professionals).
From 1996 to 2004 she served as the Executive Editor of Anthology magazine, a small press literary magazine published in Mesa, Arizona. Her work has appeared in a number of periodicals including Green's Magazine, New Moon Rising, Sage Woman, El Sol, The Mesa Legend, Mosaic Minds and The Barnes and Noble Metaverse Poetry Anthology.
In addition to writing poetry, Sharon has been a featured reader at many events throughout the state, including the opening of the M.A.D. Linguist in Prescott, AZ and the 2002 Slab City Slam at Arcosanti. She has been the Master of Ceremonies (in 2001) and a judge (2001 through 2004) for the Mesa Public Library's annual Battle of the Bards poetry contest and is the founder and host of Radiant Readings, an internet radio show that features the work of classic and contemporary authors and information about their lives.
Sharon moved to Arizona in 1981 after a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy where she learned electronics and traveled halfway around the world on the U.S.S. Jason, a repair ship and the first Naval vessel to take a contingency of women on a full six-month WestPac cruise. During her tour, she was the first enlisted female to stand shore patrol in the Philippines and, as the Saturday morning FM Rock Jock, served as the first female DJ to be heard on the Armed Forces Radio Station airwaves issuing from the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
About living in Arizona she says, “When I first came to the desert, I thought I had come to the ends of the earth. But after a short time, I realized just how much life teems and thrives in this harsh environment, and that is something I can certainly relate to.”
Where to find Sharon Skinner online
Tavara Tinker: Sounds of Time
Faced with a threat half a world away, Tavara finds herself confronting an adversary that has even gotten the attention of Queen Victoria. Tavara must race against the Black Airship to save the lives of countless innocent people... and Johnathan as well.
Mirabella and the Faded Phantom
When twelve-year old Mirabella and her mother move into Great Aunt Clovinia’s old house, Mirabella discovers they aren’t the only ones living there. A mysterious faded specter haunts the place.
When the house is scheduled for demolition, Mirabella must unravel the mystery of the ghost’s identity, and free it from the old house before it’s too late.
Tavara Tinker: LeTour de Paris
Join Tavara as she visits Paris to collect rare cloth for a client, and finds out she's not the only one that has interest in it.
The Healer's Legacy
Sharon Skinner's debut novel is a spectacular Hero's Journey from a new perspective, that of her protagonist Kira. Orphaned by war, haunted by unknown origins, and chased by a warlord and his army of brutal soldiers. KIRA is a young woman with a secret.
Plot Isn’t Just a Four-Letter Word
Author Sharon Skinner has released a compelling discussion of plot, Plot Isn’t Just a Four-Letter Word, and it's continued importance in the art of writing compelling fiction, despite the argument in some circles that plot is becoming less relevant.
In Case You Didn’t Hear Me The First Time
A tremendous collection of poetry and prose from Sharon Skinner. Whether samples of poetry from over the last 15 years, a great story about traveling in the Indian Ocean in the Navy, or a fantastic story, this book is sure to give you a tremendous read, not to mention introduce you to this amazing, award winning author.
The Stories of Haven: The World is a Cold Hard Place
There is nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned, especially when she can turn you to stone... The first story of Haven features the origin story of one of Haven's first characters. If she's a villian or a hero is for you to decide when you read it.
Welcome to Haven
While the stories are not serial, you can pick up any in the series, this is officially Story #5.
We each make our own existance, at least that's one woman's thought until she meets proof otherwise... A short by Sharon Skinner.
Coffee and Cues
A perfect date betrays a girl's innocence when it goes wrong. A short flash fiction by Sharon Skinner.
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