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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.


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...

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...

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...

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. 


April 29, 2016

You've got two children and you have to pay for their childcare, health insurance, food, clothing, and entertainment. - This could be the opening line (OK a really boring one) to the scariest YA novel ever sold.


This week I chaperoned an 8th grade field trip to the Jun...

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...

March 15, 2016


Writing is lonely work. Sure you've got your characters to keep you company. But at some point, all that talking to yourself makes you question your sanity. All joking aside, the scariest step a writer can take is to send her work out into the world. What if it sucks...

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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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