Ms. Sharenov is a native New Yorker and graduate of the Hunter College literature department. She was admitted to the Thomas Hunter Scholar Program. After realizing she wanted to write, she understood her father’s frequent finger-wagging statement. “You know, money doesn’t grow on trees.” And it takes a lot of money to support yourself as a writer. In a 180 degree turnabout, she moved to Oregon and graduated from the Oregon Health Sciences University with an advanced degree in psychiatric nursing. She never looked back at the wisdom of the degree that could go anywhere. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Bellevue Literary Review, Opiate. Fugue, Oregon Humanities Magazine and the Dr. TJEcklburg Review out of Johns Hopkins Univ. They invited her to read her work on their stage and she feels that was her most proud moment. She enjoys her life in the west, with the greenery, her animals, the natural beauty of the land and the waters of the Pacific Northwest. She is an active member of the NBCC and the Pacific Northwest Association of Science Writers. When she isn’t writing, she is an accomplished pianist and animal activist. She admits that she’s tired of city life and would enjoy having a small farm.