Born and raised in western Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. After graduating, she traveled, then married one of her childhood friends, and together they raised two lovely daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for thirty-one years, Shar enjoys reading, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and precious grandchildrenand, of course, writing. Shar is an occasional speaker for her local MOPS organization; is involved in KIDS HOPE USA, a mentoring program for at-risk children; counsels young women in the Apples of Gold program; and is active in two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with Mocha, their lazy, fat cat.