Meet the Author
Sharon Leino always had a great imagination...
The oldest girl in a family of 11, Sharon Leino always had a great imagination. As a child, she expressed herself through poetry, pouring out her feelings about love, adventure, anger, and being bullied. When her father died, she quit writing and threw away all her poetry. She’s asked herself why but just decided that sometimes “we do some dumb things in our lives.”
As a grownup, Sharon’s career as an educator and special education curriculum developer found her writing reports and grants. She kept extensive journals of her travels with her beloved husband to the many countries and states they visited.
Her childhood love of writing resurfaced with a vengeance when she retired and became a Texas snowbird. After joining various writer’s groups, it became clear she had a passion for writing inspiring books for children. Just as this happened, her husband lost his sight, and her stories were packed away to make room for their new adventure that was full of trials but also love and joy.
Florida became their home where Sharon still lives, making a new life for herself on her own. Her days are full of volunteering at church, creating jewelry as an amateur silversmith, and of course, writing.
Sioux Land Public Media
The Exchange is a weekly newsmagazine hosted by Mary Hartnett and produced by Siouxland Public Media. In this episode, we also talk with a retired teacher who at the age of 80 got a publishing deal to create books that help young children deal with their fears. Sharon Leino tells her story and talks about her first book Scaredy.