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Shara Rendell-Smock wrote the books Living with Big Cats and Hooking the Reader: Opening Lines that Sell. She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers. Visit her at

Background Information

I grew up devouring Nancy Drew books, and continue to bug librarians for all the latest mystery novels. I wrote nonfiction for twenty years, then switched to short stories.

One semester from earning a Master's Degree, I dropped out to adopt an infant. Not that I had to choose, but my family and my writing were then priorities.

My work has appeared in many books, newspapers and magazines.


Florida State University Chair for the General Fiction Committee to determine the 2013 Florida Book of the Year.

Secretary, Florida Writers Foundation, 2009-Present.

Professional member of Cat Writers Association, 1995-Present.

Florida Writers Association Secretary, 2005-2010.

Royal Palm Literary Award, Second Place for short story "Is This My Baby?" 2009.

Royal Palm Literary Award, First Place for short story "Humor May Be Hazardous to Your Illness," 2006.

Numerous Others.

Additional Information


From Our Family to Yours, FWA Collection One, 2009.

Hooking the Reader: Opening Lines that Sell, Sharon Rendell-Smock. Original material from more than 100 bestselling authors writing about their openers in fiction (mystery, romance, science fiction, western, mainstream).

Living with Big Cats: The Story of Jungle Larry, Safari Jane, and David Tetzlaff. "This is the cat book of the decade!" says Circus Report.

From Writer Profits: How I Got the Gig -- Fifteen Writers Tell How They Get Paying Gigs and How YOU Can Too! (Shara Rendell-Smock has a chapter in this 2007 writers' handbook.)

WOW Wizards of Words Anthology, 2007.

Calliope's Mousepad: Women Writers Online, Ed. Sarah Mankowski, 2001.

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