Sharon Short is the author of My One Square Inch of Alaska, a coming-of-age novel about a young woman who helps her younger brother in 1953 Ohio achieve his seemingly simple dream, and in so doing learns to embrace the power of her own dreams, published by Penguin Plume in 2013. Sharon is also the author of two mystery series, is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio) and wrote the weekly Sanity Check humor column for the newspaper for 10 years; a collection of Sanity Check reader favorites is available in book form. Writing as Jess Montgomery (www.jessmontgomeryauthor.com), she is the author of historical mysteries. Sharon also is the Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop at University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing fiction is how I explore the world through my imagination. It's how I work out my understanding of humanity, motivations, emotions and what makes people tick. I hope through the process of doing so, I craft stories that entertain, inspire, move and motivate readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers! I recognize that readers come to my work voluntarily. There are so many other books and authors they could be reading, so I'm both honored and humbled when readers opt to spend their time and resources with my stories.
Sanity Check covers everything from shredding pantyhose for stress relief, to the family dog joyfully dancing with flying eggs, to the day Sharon realized she’d lost her lips. Sanity Check’s driving philosophy is that we all goof up... but laughing at those goof-ups with each other
This Josie Toadfern sampler includes the two short stories (The Telltale Spot and Lint Trap) that preceded the novel series, as well as a never-before-published story, Spin Cycle, which satirizes reality TV as only Josie could. Also included are thirty of Josie's favorite stain-busting tips that were included in the novel series.
PI Patricia Delaney is one of the first detectives in the 1990s to use computer technology to solve cases. But the hidden secrets of opera superstar Carlotta Moses challenge even Patricia's wits, intuition, and computer research skills when a tabloid reporter shows up, determined to undermine both Patricia and Carlotta.
P.I. Patricia Delaney is tempted to turn down Gigi Lafferty's odd request to investigate her own past. And by the time she recognizes her old pal, Gigi has vanished, a body has turned up, and an amoral killer and her own painful past stand in the way of her solving the troubling case.
Rona looks back on the tragic events that led to her receiving a necklace that she thought would change her life. The necklace does so, but not in the way she would ever have imagined... or chosen. Short Story. (Originally print published in Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine.)