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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...

November 4, 2018

I made a painful decision. I struck two books off my currently reading list on Goodreads.

I weighed the heft of Beth Macy's book, Factory Man in my hand, flipped to where I stopped, page 231, fanned to the end, page 408, and slipped it onto my finished reading book shel...

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...

March 15, 2017

 I'm halfway through the book, spark joy by Marie Kondo. Kondo, if you haven't heard of her, is a "Japanese decluttering guru," so it says on the back of the book. She's the author of the life-changing magic of tidying up.Her cleaning system has captured the heart...

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...

April 4, 2016


This is it. The week that I've been talking about. I'm going to Philadelphia to pitch my novel. Oh, I don't have great hopes for this first toe into the water of traditional book publishing. This trip is research. And I'm all about research. And good food. There are s...

March 31, 2016


I have a thing for quirky signs. This one is from the Mount Vernon walking and bike trail in Virginia. This sign was well...a sign. 


This sign represent the first steps on the trail (or the end if you are doing it reverse.) It represents the start of a quest. Any...

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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