Sharon Dean 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, where her daughter is raising a child of the West and her son has established an American base while he raises his children as ex-pats, currently in The Hague. Embracing a change she never anticipated, Sharon is learning to bike and hike and garden in the Siskiyous instead of the Whites. She has sworn off books that require footnotes and is reinventing herself as a writer of mystery novels.