Sharon Burch Toner’s Irish grandmother gave her a lifelong appreciation for a story well told. She pursued a career as a psychotherapist for nearly twenty years before she turned to writing as her ideal occupation. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula.

Sharon says:

For much of my life I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up. Early on, my friends were making choices – teachers, nurses, musicians, all sorts of worthy occupations. The problem was that I wanted to do so many different things. From childhood, I was an avid reader and an inveterate dreamer. I loved creating endless possibilities for myself and for the people I knew.

As a writer I am a late bloomer. A mid-life divorce led me to return to graduate school and become a psychotherapist. This was a good choice for me because I am fascinated by people and their relationships – their relationships with the others in their lives and, more importantly, with themselves.

But when I wrote my first book, I was hooked. Writing is it! I love getting lost in a story. I love that it takes the writer and, hopefully, the reader, from one reality to another. When I am writing I live a sort of double life with one foot in my work-a-day world and the other in the reality of the book. It is a wonderful, sometimes dizzying, juxtaposition of those two realities. The stories help us transcend the here and now and allow us to view the world through the eyes of others.

My roommates (photo, left) and I’m enjoying living on the Olympic Peninsula.







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