Literary Ashland with Sharon Dean

Sharon DeanIt was a pleasure interviewing fellow author Sharon Dean on my radio show last Friday. Sharon is the author of the Susan Warner mysteries and a member of my writing group. She grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. From Massachusetts, it was a small leap to the University of  New Hampshire and a degree in English. When her husband was assigned to Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire, she seized the opportunity to enter graduate school at UNH.

Armed with a Ph.D. and facing a declining job market, Sharon spent several years laboring on the adjunct teaching circuit before she began a full-time career at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. Four academic books later, Sharon has become professor emerita and has moved with, yes, the same husband to Ashland, Oregon. She has sworn off books that require footnotes and is reinventing herself as a writer of mystery novels.

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