Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring
Arbor University. Upon graduating in 1971 with an education degree,
she taught second grade for two years, then accepted an invitation
to travel internationally with a singing ensemble for one year. In
1975, she came home, returned to her teaching job, and married her
childhood sweetheart. Together, they raised two lovely daughters,
both of whom are now happily married and enjoying families of their
own. Retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of teaching, "Shar"
loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family--in
particular, her adorable grandchildren!
A Christian for over fifty years, and a lover of the English language, Shar always enjoyed dabbling in writing. She remembers well the short stories she wrote in high school, and watching them circulate from girl to girl during government and civics classes. "Psst," someone would whisper from two rows over, always when the teacher's back was turned, "pass me the next page."
In the early 2000s, Shar felt God's call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further, and in 2006, she signed a contract for her first faith-based novel, Through Every Storm, thereby launching her writing career. With eighteen published novels now gracing store shelves and being sold online, she daily gives God all the glory. She dedicated her last novel, Their Daring Hearts, to Jesus.
Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings and made several television appearances and radio interviews. She loves speaking for community organizations, libraries, church groups, and women's conferences. In her church, she is active in women's ministries, regularly facilitating Bible studies and other events. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton, and their ragdoll cat, Blue.
Shar loves hearing from her readers. If you wish to contact her as a potential speaker for a church function or would simply like to chat with her, please feel free to send her an e-mail at email@example.com. She will do her best to answer in a timely manner. You may also find her on Facebook.