A writer for most of her life, Sharon Sobel is the author of several published novels, short stories, and many essays. She earned a PhD in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and is currently a professor of English at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, where she actively tutors aspiring student writers and has chaired the annual Writers' Conference. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Romance Writers of America, a founding member of its Connecticut and Lower New York chapter, and is a past president of The Beau Monde, the national chapter devoted to the interests of writers of the Regency period.
A native New Yorker, Sharon also lived in Boston and The Hague before moving to an eighteenth century farm in Connecticut with her husband and family.
Thrifty Means is very loosely based on some of her experiences as a long-time volunteer and president of The Turnover Shop of Wilton, Connecticut. It is not a place where one is likely to find murder, mayhem, or romance, but it enjoys an excellent reputation as a place to find a great bargain. In its sixty year history, the wonderful women of the Turnover Shop have contributed over a million dollars to local charities, and remain committed volunteers and good friends.