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The Sea Sheller's Daughter

Marine biologist, Eve "Shelly" Shelbourne, has to find a way to carry on after the death of her twin brother, Denny. 

Shelly blames her mother, Violet a famous marine archeologist turned treasure hunter for leaving the family when they were young and adding to Denny's depression caused by the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis.

With her research partner and lover, the brilliant and deaf, Beckett Bohannan by her side, she pushes through her grief to finish her commitment to find a treatment for MS developed from the venomous conotoxins found in marine cone snails.

Shelly uncovers a family secret about her DNA that makes her question her life, her relationships, and her health. 

As she searches for the elusive snails, she also searches for answers from her mother. She joins her mother's crew and travels halfway across the globe. The two women clash until an accident threatens everything they both believe.

This story crosses continents, explores family relationships, wrapped in science and exploration. 

All stories are personal. The Sea Sheller's Daughter is a sailors valentine to my father and my love of seashells.


December 29, 2019

I wanted to end 2019 with a memorable moment. I wanted to see an alligator in the wild. Not in the zoo, more like in a parking lot drainage ditch. A trip last year to Orlando, Florida yielded nada in the gator count. 

“Why do you want to see an alligator?” my kids asked...

October 30, 2019


What's with your book?" Any author on submission understands that this simple question from concerned friends and family is like a knife to the back of your head. 

No, I am not being dramatic.

The Sea Sheller's Daughter went out on submission and was roundly kicked...

May 15, 2019

It's been a few weeks now since I signed with my agent. An experience of joy, validation, hope, and celebration. I wrote a family saga with sea shells at its core. You can peek at some of my earlier blogs to see some cool poison snail footage. 

Then this process got har...

April 25, 2019

Here is my work surface after an hour at my computer. I say work surface because my office with a beautiful desk is a mess. I work at the kitchen table. Sigh – this is the story of my disorganized writing life. 

I begin each day with sharp pencils, pens (with caps) clea...

April 11, 2019

I've completed edits on my novel, The Sea Sheller's Daugther and she's safely in the hands of my agent. Revisiting large sections of the story dropped me back into the world I created.

The centerpiece being, poisonous cone snails. These creatures continue to fascinate m...

March 14, 2019

It's #PiDay2019. I know, this isn't a "real" holiday but you have to love a social media day that celebrates baked goods and math. 

For me, finding ways to connect science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with science, technology, engineering, art, an...

March 5, 2019

I've ranted about autocorrect and spell checkers in the past. My favorite sentence is:

No Moore miss steaks.

A completely silly sentence that is correct, according to a spell checker. 

I first saw the famous sentence in proofreading school. Don't laugh, there is such a p...

January 30, 2019

Are people so afraid to talk about religion they are also afraid to read about it in the fictional world?

November 20, 2018

A recent article in the Washington Post, by Michael S. Rosenwald has been the biggest topic of discussion in my house this past week. Instead of a social media joke generated by a meme, Instagram posting, or YouTube video, the phrase, "The frog, now partially...

November 10, 2018

In my latest novel, The Sea Sheller's Daugther, Eve "Shelly" Shelbourne is a marine biologist (those in the know recognize she's a malacologist). Shelly is seeking a treatment for MS paralysis from the venom of marine cone snails. 

This great YouTube video talks ab...

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Sharon J. Wishnow
Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author

Sharon Wishnow is a published author and owner of

Home Row Editorial

Sharon Wishnow is a published author and owner of

Home Row Editorial

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