Welcome to Love of Place. Most of my work celebrates our connection to the natural world.

My new eco science fiction Knocking on Heaven's Door is just released. A number of early reviewers have been enthusiastic, including the website Geeks of Doom, which makes me smile. Not many people know me as a geek of doom! But I am happy to embrace the complexity of my personality.

I'm also so pleased that Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World has been awarded the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, as well as the 2014 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction from Women Writing the West.

My historical fantasy Teresa of the New World won the 2015 Arizona Authors Association Award for best Children's Literature and was a finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.

These are nice landmarks in a writer's life. I would be writing regardless--but, still, whew. It's good to have some encouragement.

Feel free to contact me at http://www.sharmanaptrussell.com or through my author Facebook page, Sharman Apt Russell.


Sunday, June 23, 2013



The Painted Lady is the world’s most common and abundant butterfly. Since Painted Ladies cannot
survive extreme cold, they often migrate south in winter and north in summer, their numbers estimated in the hundreds of millions, from Africa to Finland, from Mexico to Canada.

We like the abundance. We like to be overwhelmed, that Paleolithic thrill (without the danger) of being human in a world not dominated by humans.

The larvae of Painted Ladies also migrate. But that’s just too wonderful.

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