Sharon Kurtzman is a Jersey girl who now calls the South home.
A Garden State native, Sharon was raised by her father, a food company salesman, and her mother, a homemaker and Holocaust survivor. Both of her parents had a strong desire to see her educated and well-fed, the two seeds from which her love of reading and cooking would grow.
Passionate about books at a young age, while in kindergarten, Sharon crayoned a short book about a family of ice cream cones. Her teacher loved the story, laminated it, and then added the thin tome to the shelves of the George Washington Elementary school library. Sharon has been pursuing her literary dreams ever since.
She earned a degree in Television, Radio and Film Writing from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and during her college years she called London home for a semester. In the company of friends and toting a hot-off-the-press copy of Let’s Go Europe, she spent time backpacking across five countries, drawn to the historical sights, art museums and culinary offerings.
After graduation, New York City beckoned. She spent a dozen years working in television marketing for companies that included MTV Networks, King World Entertainment and World Wrestling Entertainment. At one time or another, she handled publicity, analyzed audience research, wrote ad copy, sold time, and was once the official escort to Danger Mouse at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In 1995, love and marriage took her to North Carolina, where she and her family still reside. Today, she enjoys reading all kinds of fiction, but is particularly drawn to books with a magical twist and stories about second chances—elements that often find their way into her work. Aside from writing, she can be found tinkering with recipes, running, munching mint M&Ms, tasting any flavor that Ben and Jerry’s puts in a pint, or curled up in her favorite spot—the red chaise in her home office—with a good book in hand and a dog on her lap.