My name is Sharon Joss and I write fiction. I have written eight novels and dozens of short stories. I am the 2015 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award winner, a two-time Campbell Award nominee, and a finalist for the Canopus Award for Science Fiction.
I was born in Oregon and raised in central California. At an early age, the novels of Rudyard Kipling, Andre Norton, and Ray Bradbury inspired my life-long love of speculative fiction, although I did not begin to write seriously until 2009.
I’ve travelled to South America, Mexico, Europe, China, and Japan. I’ve worked as a waitress, a bartender, a software developer for the space shuttle Columbia, and a Technical Program Manager. I’ve learned the arts of falconry, ceramics, and taxidermy; and on more than one occasion, assisted in dead whale autopsies. I can ride a horse, navigate a sailboat, and clean my own fish. I like maps and puns. Next to dogs, I love pangolins best.
I’m a big music fan, and eclectic in my tastes. I listen to jazz when I write; new-age or flamenco when I’m reading, and blues and rock in the car. Bob Seger, Joe Bonamassa, Loreena McKennit, and Pink Martini are always playing somewhere in my house. Favorite movies are Pan’s Labyrinth, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Time Bandits.
In 2012, I returned to Oregon, where I now live and write amid a thicket of blackberry vines.