Sharon Lovejoy


Sharon Lovejoy is a natural born story teller and an award winning author and illustrator.  Her works, in fiction and creative non-fiction (literary journalism), include ten books ranging from children's picture books to adult and children's organic gardening books, magazine articles about nature and gardening, and most recently a historic middle grade novel.

As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Sharon successfully combined her training in art with her love of botany and natural science. She worked as a docent naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institution in the lagoons of Baja, California.

Sharon has been a guest on Today on NBC, The Victory Garden on PBS, numerous shows on HGTV and The Discovery Channel, and various regional network and cable TV and radio programs around the country including NPR. 

For 13 years, she was a contributing editor for Country Living Gardener magazine with a regular feature column named "Heart's Ease" after the herb and garden shop she founded in Cambria in 1982. Her column was distributed by The New York Times Syndicate to member newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Her homes in California and Maine have appeared in several books and magazines in the U.S., Great Britain, and Japan.

She currently is working on three books and on various magazine articles. Sharon lives with her husband Jeff Prostovich in San Luis Obispo and at her seasonal home on a Maine island.

Her books include:

* denotes award winning titles. Complete list of awards.

  1. Running Out of Night (Delacorte Press/ Random House, November 2014)

  2. My First Bird Book and Bird Feeder (Workman, 2012)

  3. Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks-130 Wonder-Filled Activities (Workman, 2009) *

  4. The Little Green Island with a Little Red House (Down East Books, 2005) *

  5. Country Living Gardener: A Blessing of Toads-A Gardener's Guide to Living with Nature (Hearst Books, 2004) *

  6. Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener (Workman, 2003) *

  7. A Day in the Garden (Galison, 2003), an illustrated journal

  8. Sunflower Houses: Inspiration from the Garden (Workman, 2001), a reissue of the original Sunflower Houses (see below) *

  9. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children (Workman, 1999) *

  10. Hollyhock Days: Garden Discoveries for the Young at Heart (Interweave Press, 1994)

  11. Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages (Interweave Press, 1991) *

In addition to her own books, Sharon contributed to:

  1. The New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia (Scholastic, 2006)

  2. My Mother's Garden: A Literary Companion (Chamberlain Bros. Penguin, 2005)

  3. The Butterfly Gardener's Guide (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2003)

  4. The Herb Tea Book (Interweave Press, 1998)

  5. Potpourri and Fragrant Crafts (Reader's Digest, 1996)

  6. Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically (Rodale Press, 1994)

  7. Herb Drying Handbook (Sterling/Altamont Press, 1993)

Her work has also appeared in:

  1.   Lowe’s Creative Ideas blog, Soutern California Contributor (Meredith, 2010-2012)

  2.   Country Living Gardener (Hearst Magazines, 1993-2006)

  3.   Talk of the Country

  4. Fine Gardening

  5. The American Horticulturist

  6. The Herbarist

  7. The Herb Companion

  8. Northern New England Journey

  9. Edible Gardens (American Express Publishing)

  10. Voyageur (Carlson)

  11. Woman's Day

  12. Family Life

  13. Country America

  14. Ranger Rick

  15. People, Places and Plants

  16. Land's End catalog