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Shari SQ is a new author who writes from life experience. She is a native Virginian who was born and raised in the coal mining area of Virginia’s southwestern border, the youngest child of five. Quiet and observant by nature, she learned to love the rhythm of words and prose within our daily lives – the poetry of the mundane and the beauty of the world around us, which is reflected in her writing. Possessing a vivid imagination, she started creating her own stories at a very early age, which she would share with her mother at bedtime. By age ten she had developed a strong love of reading and of storytelling, using words to bring her stories to life. She wrote long, detailed letters to friends and family; documenting trips and daily life in painful detail! She filled many journals with her thoughts and observations and has used writing as therapy throughout her life. She grew up an avid reader, devouring books by authors ranging from Madeleine L’Engle, to Pearl S. Buck and Hemingway, while most teenagers were still captivated by Archie comics.

As an adult she migrated to Northern Virginia, where she raised her family and worked full time as a bookkeeper, still continuing to indulge her passions whenever time would allow. A strong believer in self help and self healing, she listened to taped programs by motivational speakers such as Zig Ziglar, Deepok Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Brian Tracy. She read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich,” applying his methods to self growth instead of wealth growth. Her favorite quotes are “As you think, so shall you become” by Bruce Lee, and “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right” by Henry Ford. And of course: “Do or Do Not” by Yoda!

Working for many years in the automotive field, she once read a book on engine rebuilding as a challenge from her boss, and learned to name all of the parts on a vehicle after it had been disassembled. For years her husband loved to shock sexist car salesmen by having his wife embarrass them by knowing more details about engine size, horse power, performance, reliability and gas mileage of whatever vehicle they were looking at.

Leaving the world of bookkeeping behind, Shari became a government employee at the age of forty, where she still continues to enjoy working in federal law enforcement and learning about all the crafty ways her co-workers catch the bad guys. She applies her formidable word skills by acting as copy editor for an investigative annual magazine, which features top cases from the preceding year; she also writes for the agency newsletter and assists with the Semi-Annual reports to Congress. She still indulges her passion for creative writing and storytelling and as the retirement years creep closer, she is starting to take it more seriously than ever. Besides writing her hobbies are playing with her grandsons, long drives – far away from traffic, vacationing at the beach, and, of course, reading.