I loved Sharon as a sister, even though we had never met in person. We first started corresponding when I dropped her a line after reading an interview about her where she talked about how she had turned to writing when she could no longer write after losing her sight. I was so impressed by her strength and determination in the face of her lifelong fight with diabetes and the fact that losing her sight did not deter her froim sharing her wonderful imagination with the world. As she said, now she 'painted with words instead of paint.' Her touching Inspirational stories for the 'White Rose' line of the Wild Rose Press were beautifully written and included 'Lasting Rose,' 'The Claddagh Ring' and 'Touched By An Angel.'
We corresponded regularly, after that first exchange. When Sharon produced her wonderful creation, the flirty devastatingly handsome and charming 'Oliver', who was her virtual butler by day and a private detective by night, I had the task of 'dressing' him for his appearances on her blog, and also for when he 'moonlighted' with us on the Friday 'Roast'. Oliver then starred in his own story 'Charade Of Hearts' which Sharon wrote as part of the Jewel Of The Night' series, and it won the Predators and Editors Award in January, and although she was in hospital at the time, her sister Mary Beth was able to tell her that her story had won the award and that must have made her so proud and happy.
Among her other published books, was her memoir, 'Echo Of A Raven' written to help other people cope with diabetes and sight impairments and to know what help is available, and also to raise money for child diabetes research, which was something close to her heart, Her thrilling romantic suspense novels includied 'Mask Of The Betrayer' and 'Her Greatest Fan',
She loved animals and roses (especially yellow roses, and the beautiful deep red Lasting Rose which inspired her Easter story.) She shared my love of horses and used to ride before she lost her sight. She also talked a lot about the little black cat she used to have. I hope they've now met up over the Rainbow Bridge where I'm sure he waited patiently for his mistress. My heart is full of tears, but also full of wonderful memories. Sharon will never be forgotten, and her wit, wisdom and love will live on, forever, in her books.