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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Ewell Foster  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Marhsall, Texas


-- Sharon Ewell Foster on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=sharon+ewell+foster


Illinois Connection

Sharon was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sharon Ewell Foster was born in Texas and raised in Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in radio-TV-film from the University of Maryland. Sharon has more than fifteen years of professional and administrative experience with the U.S. Department of Defense, Navy, and Army as an instructor, writer/editor, logistician, resource information analyst, and contract administrator. Sharon now lives in the Baltimore area.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Abraham's Well: A Novel
ISBN: 0764228870

Bethany House. 2006

I have discovered there's Indian in my family heritage.... The time is 1838. Armentia pointed to a well on the land their Cherokee master owns. "It seems hard to believe now, son, but someday we'll have our own land. Land with a well just like this one…." Inspired by true events, authentic slave narratives, and other historical accounts, Abraham's Well is the profoundly moving story of the Black Cherokee--African Americans, both slave and free--who, along with native people, walked the Trail of Tears. It is the story of their forced removal from the Southeast to Indian Territory---modern day Oklahoma--and of the courage and faith of one woman as she struggles to overcome her desperate circumstances. And it is the story of an author who, in researching and writing, found her own way home.

Passing into Light
ISBN: 1590520661

Multnomah. 2003

The characters that readers loved in Riding Through Shadows are at it again! Mother and Ma Dear, Tony Taylor, and others are back to make readers laugh and cry. Readers of this sequel will find troubling mysteries resolved: Does Sheri exist outside of Shirley Ferris' imagination? What was in Shirley's letter and who was it from? This story, told through the life of a grieving single parent, shows how we can recover from past failures and find our way to sustained love and joy.

Passing by Samaria
ISBN: 1576736156

Multnomah. 1999

When the discovery of a schoolmate's lynched body puts her own life in jeopardy, Alena is sent by her parents from her beloved Mississippi home. With thousands of other African-Americans, Alena begins making her way north to the Promised Land of turn-of-the-century Chicago. On the way she meets two men who will dramatically impact her life: James, a young African-American believer determined to establish a newspaper in Chicago, and Pearl, a man with questionable intentions. A stirring novel by an exciting new writer, Passing by Samaria beautifully shows readers the path to truth, purpose, reconciliation, and joy.

Ain't No River
ISBN: 1576736288

Multnomah. 2001

Penned in the same poetic voice introduced in her bestselling debut novel, Passing by Samaria, Sharon Ewell Foster's Ain't No River is a contemporary tale where the angst of modern life is seasoned with wisdom, humor, and a dash of African-American history. Meemaw has been a doting mother, grandmother, and church mother to her community. Suddenly she's become a slimmed-down, silver-haired, seventy-something fox with a new attitude. And all fingers are pointing at a much younger ex-pro football player, GoGo Walker. When D.C. lawyer Garvin Daniels -- Meemaw's granddaughter -- gets wind of what's happening, she heads back to her hometown determined to help her Meemaw get it together before she goes too far.

Ain’t No Valley: A Novel
ISBN: 0764228862

Bethany House. 2005

Anthony, a banking executive, and Naomi, a dentist, are two people who have trusted their jobs and status to make them whole--until they are suddenly without either. Against the backdrop of San Francisco and plans for a California wedding for Mary and Moor (from Ain't No Mountain), Ain't No Valley is the story of two people in crisis, learning to glean the very best from life

two people who have squandered their God-given gifts on a world that has used them up, and who now search to find their way home.

Ain't No Mountain
ISBN: 0764228854

Bethany House. 2004

Loneliness is a dark cloud over Baltimore for neighbors Mary, Puddin, and Moor. Unlucky in love and unhappy without it, they are each about to take a drastic step on the bumpy road of romance. Guided by advice from well-meaning friends, all three enter the dating scene in a different way and with often wildly amusing results. Humorous and heartwarming, their stumblings and successes ultimately bring valuable and unexpected lessons on life, love, and telling the truth.

Riding Through Shadows
ISBN: 1590529006

Multnomah. 2006

Living in one of the most tumultuous decades of America's history, an eight-year-old African American girl experiences the anguish of real-life heartache: she loses her beloved father in the Vietnam War, endures the dissolution of her family, and faces the challenge of integration. Yet, through a wise and eccentric old woman, she also discovers the tenacity of joy. A powerful, eye-opening read!


Awards

Sharon is the winner of the Christy Award, the Gold Pen Award, Best of Borders, and several reviewers’ choice awards.

Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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