Author-illustrator Sharon Lovejoy’s creativity is kindled by the wildlife and beauty that surround her tiny studio on Rutherford Island in John’s Bay. She and her husband operate Comfort Found Literary Lodging in Damariscotta.
Lovejoy graduated with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University and combines her training in art with her love of botany, natural science, and storytelling. She worked as a naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institution in the whale-calving lagoon Bahia San Ignacio in Baja California.
Her first, critically acclaimed book Sunflower Houses (Workman, 2001), originally published in 1991, was followed by Hollyhock Days (Interweave Press, 1994); Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots (Workman, 1999); Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips, and Remedies for the Gardener (Workman, 2003); Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars (Workman, 2010); My First Bird Book & Bird Feeder (Workman, 2012), A Blessing of Toads (Sterling, 2005/reissued Down East Books, 2014); and The Little Green Island with a Little Red House (Down East Books, 2004), winner of the National Outdoor Book Award in Children’s Literature. Her debut novel, Running Out of Night (Delacorte Press/Random House), will be released in fall 2014.
Lovejoy's awards include the iParenting Media Award, a Gold Award from National Parenting Publications Awards, National Outdoor Book Award, Book Sense picks, and numerous awards from Garden Writers Association for her books, illustrations, and magazine column.
In addition to her own books, Lovejoy contributed to The Butterfly Gardener's Guide (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2003); My Mother's Garden: A Literary Companion (Penguin, 2005); and The New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia (Scholastic, 2006).
For thirteen years, Country Living Gardener magazine featured her award-winning column, “Heart’s Ease,” which The New York Times Syndicated distributed throughout North America. Other magazine articles have appeared in Family Life, Woman’s Day, Fine Gardening, The Herb Companion, The Herbarist, and Ranger Rick. Her writings have been reprinted in educational and testing publications in English and Spanish.
Lovejoy has been a guest on Today on NBC and numerous public, network, and regional television and radio programs across the country. She has spoken throughout the United States and in Sweden. Her passion is to work with children and help them understand and celebrate diversity, nature, friends, and family.