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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.


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...

January 23, 2018

I started a new novel. I should be bursting with energy, excitement, plots, characters, discovery. In truth, I am. My new novel, Venom, is about a marine biologist, Eve, "Shelly" Shelbourne who is collecting venomous cone snails (yes, this is a real thing) to help...

August 24, 2017

Writing teachers, editors, and authors are familiar with the expression "killing your darlings." This refers to the hard work of editing out a favorite character, scene, chapter, or entire plot lines. 

It's hard!

The best characters are the ones who talk to you, invade y...

February 16, 2017

As work on my novel continues, and continues, and continues... I've needed to take a step back and breathe. For me, that means writing and hearing  fresh voices in my head. If you're not a writer, the idea of voices in your head that don't scare the pants off you may s...

November 11, 2016

I'm taking a MOOC. I just love the word - it has that bovine, juvenile sound to it. A MOOC is a massive open online course. A hallmark of a MOOC is that there is no limit to the number of people taking the class or where they are from. There are hundreds of MOOCs offer...

September 8, 2016

Depending on who you believe, or believe yourself, there are somewhere between six and nine universal stories or themes. These ideas run the gamut of love found and lost to revenge. They are the universal truths that audience and readers come back to time and again. 


August 21, 2016

This past July, I entered the NYC Midnight Fiction competition. This is a 48-hour fiction challenge. Participants are divided into groups and given a genre, location for the story, and a random item that the story must include. 

It's similar to the cooking show "Chopped...

April 13, 2016

My recent adventure to Philadelphia to the writer's pitch conference was a surprising success. Four literary agents have asked to see my manuscript! In addition to doing a major happy dance, I also picked up some advice on trends. 


I'm sharing them here, in no particul...

March 24, 2016


Miss Steaks, I mean mistakes happen in writing. They happen all the time. The first lesson I learned in proofreading class - yes, I took an entire semester of proofreading - is that you are in love with your own work. That means you won't see your mistakes. You know w...

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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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