About Me


Hi, there! I'm Sharon Huss Roat, author of young adult novels BETWEEN THE NOTES (June 2016, HarperTeen) and HOW TO DISAPPEAR (coming August 2017).

Short bio:

grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now live in Delaware with my husband and two children. I worked in the public relations/communications field for twenty years before pursuing my dream of being a novelist. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, gardening, or cooking. Also napping. (Naps are key.) I loves to hear from readers, so visit me online at www.sharonroat.com, on Twitter @sharonwrote or Instagram @sharonhussroat.

Long bio:
I am an avid reader, wife and mother, vegetable gardener, nap taker, and YA author. Growing up in Lancaster County, Pa., I attended a small high school where students who were involved in anything were involved in everything. I was both a jock (field hockey, basketball, track) and a band geek (clarinet!). I sang (badly) in the choir and performed in musicals. Last time I checked, I still held the record for high jump at my high school.  

I wasn’t recognized as much of a writer back then, and didn’t even get accepted onto the school newspaper staff until my two best friends were named co-editors and took pity on me. During my sophomore year at the University of Delaware, a Communication professor finally took me aside and said, “You can write!” No one had ever acknowledged it before, and his vote of confidence made all the difference. I went on to work in the communications/public relations field for more than 20 years, writing and editing for magazines and employee publications, and running my own PR business.

It was around 2008, while doing publicity for the Delaware Book Festival, that I met YA author Laurie Halse Anderson. To promote the festival, a newspaper editor and I had arranged for students at six schools across the state to provide questions for six different authors. They ALL wanted Laurie! Her novels had made such an impact on them. I look back to that experience as a turning point for me, as it was then that I first gave serious thought to writing a novel. When I shared that seemingly crazy idea with another author at the festival, she said, “go for it!” So I did.

With my husband’s enthusiastic thumbs up, I handed most of my PR clients over to a colleague, trimmed the household budget so our family could survive on half the income, and dug into a huge pile of YA novels and writing books.

Two years, six drafts, a trail of traumatized Beta readers, and countless rejection letters later, I secured a literary agent. After another two years and several drafts of a second novel, we found a wonderful publishing home for me at HarperCollins.


Today, I live in Delaware with my husband and two awesome kids. BETWEEN THE NOTES was my first published novel. HOW TO DISAPPEAR is my second. I hope there will be many more to come.

I'd love to hear from you! Email me here.

I'm also on Twitter and Instagram if you want to follow me there. That would be very nice.

I'm represented by Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency.

2 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say that I read your book Between the Notes and it was really good. I liked everything that happened in the book and all the characters. I was wondering if there would be a part2. Once I go back to the library I will get all of your books and read them.. One-day I hope to be an author and inspire my readers. I hope they like my book as much as I did yours.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, and for your kind words! Unfortunately you will have to wait until summer 2017 to read my next book, as that is when it is scheduled for publication. It is a stand-alone novel, not a sequel. (Currently no plans for a part 2 of Between the Notes.) Good luck with your own writing!

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