Arizona Writer in Residence Publishes Children’s Book

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When is it okay to break the rules? A new children’s science fiction book, “Rocket Shoes,” by Sharon Skinner of Mesa, examines that question in the tale of a young boy who discovers shoes that enable him to fly.

Skinner, the author of eight books, is the 2017 Arizona State Library Writer in Residence for Scottsdale Library and the regional advisor for the Arizona chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Skinner said the idea for “Rocket Shoes” came out of a SCBWI workshop and the main character in the book, José, is based on children she has known during her years of local volunteer work in the Valley.

“Through the character of José, I tried to emphasize the value of helping others,” Skinner said. “The book also presents a great opportunity for parents to discuss how to make decisions about questioning authority if it’s for the right reason.”

Skinner has presented and worked with writers at the Arizona State University Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the San Diego State University Writers Conference, the Tucson Festival of Books and numerous conventions throughout the United States. Her writing skills and passion for service led her to the world of grants development where she has served on the Grant Professional Association’s National Board of Directors.

Her published work includes The Healer’s Legacy (YA Fantasy, 2012), The Nelig Stones (MG Fantasy, 2013), Mirabella and the Faded Phantom (MG Paranormal, 2014), The Matriarch’s Devise (YA Fantasy, 2015) and Collars & Curses (YA Urban Fantasy, 2017).

When she isn’t traveling around the country teaching writing workshops or doing book signings and author appearances in fun places like Emerald City ComiCon, Phoenix ComiCon, and various book festivals, she spends her time writing, re-visioning, and editing.

“Rocket Shoes” is published by Sterling Children’s Books and is available through, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound. To book an author’s appearance or schedule her for a workshop, visit For a list of other books by Skinner, visit


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