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Sharon Hurst

While her fellow teachers wondered how they’d fill their time in retirement, Sharon Hurst had long known exactly what she was going to do – write.

“Teaching all those years and reading a lot – it made me think, I can do this! I can write!” she said. Now, instead of writing lesson plans, this Indiana second and third grade teacher crafts cartoons, children’s stories and even intricate murder mysteries.

Inspired by the daily drama of teaching, her first book, Through the Eyes of a Teacher, shows what teachers are really thinking, in humorous, heartfelt cartoons.

“It’s what I saw and personally observed over 30 years of teaching,” she said.

Over those years, Hurst read a lot of children’s books, and, inspired to write her own, created Ricky Rat in New Orleans, featuring a rat family celebrating Mardi Gras. Mysteries, too, have captivated her imagination, and she’s working on a fourth page-turner to supplement her mysteries Redcoat, The Letter, and The Bluff.

To order, visit Hurst’s Amazon page.


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