About Sharon

Sharon Edge Martin has been a writer since she wrote her first poems at the age of eight.  Sure, she has worked as a waitress, an artist’s model, a musician, a bookkeeper, a jewelry designer, a newspaper editor, and a teacher, but no matter what other job she was doing, Martin was always a writer.

Maybe it’s genetic.  Her grandmother would tuck her into bed at night quoting the poetry of Burns and Tennyson, Poe and Longfellow.  Her father wrote short stories and her mother wrote songs.  But it was her sixth grade teacher, Healion Toaz, who taught her that real people write books.  Mrs. Toaz’s book?  Historic Cemeteries of Oklahoma.

Martin got her first writing gig in high school when she wrote a weekly column for the Sulphur Times-Democrat.  She wrote her first magazine article while she was a college freshman in Oklahoma City.

She never stopped writing.  While she raised her son and daughter, Martin published dozens of articles in such magazines as Outside, True West, Family Circle, and Oklahoma Today.  More than twenty of her fiction stories have appeared in adult and juvenile magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mature Living, and Wee Wisdom.  Her poetry for children and adults has been published in Byline, Lollipops, Amelia, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as, Elegant Rage, Dragon Poet Review, Poets’ Market from Writers’ Digest,  and Michael Bugeja’s The Art and Craft of Poetry.  Her poetry chapbook, No Sanctuary, was published by Amelia Press in 1997.

When her younger child was in high school, Martin returned to college to become a teacher.  She currently teaches reading in a rural Oklahoma district.  Martin loves poetry; novels in verse; and good middle grade science fiction, mystery, and adventure stories.  She adores picture books and humor that hits its mark..  These are the stories she loves to read and write; these are the stories she loves to help young readers find.

Martin is an active member of SCBWI Oklahoma and is past president of Oklahoma Writers’ Federation.  In addition to her writing for children and young adults, she pens a weekly column on education and politics.  Her essays appear regularly in The Oklahoma Observer. She is active in the spoken poetry scene in Oklahoma and hosts a monthly reading in the historic Tidewater School, built by J. Paul Getty for the children of his oil company employees. It is now Tidewater Winery.  She is married to artist Dale Martin.  They live on a farm in Oklahoma.  When she isn’t writing, you can find her tending chickens or working in her garden.