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

Most recently, my Knocking on Heaven's Door is the winner in the category of science fiction in the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards and in the category of fiction in the 2016 Arizona Authors Association Awards. A number of 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 Award for Children's Literature, the WILLA Award for Children's Literature, and the May Sarton Award for Children's Literature.

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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Yes! Neo-utopic! I know it sounds like a medical problem...but you have to like a review that starts with, "You can’t shake an irradiated rat on a stick these days without hitting a stack of post-apocalyptic novels, but there aren’t a lot of them that live up to the meaning of the word apocalypse; to reveal." Link to the review
And ends with..."Knocking on Heaven's Door by Sharman Apt Russell is a welcomed entry in the canon of post-apocalyptic fiction, but maybe it’s something else: Maybe it’s neo-utopic. Whatever it is, it’s nice to see a new vision of a world made better by the hard lessons it has learned."

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