ABOUT Sharon

Sharon O'Donnell is the author of two humor books, Please Don't Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA! (Torchflame Books, July, 2018) & House of Testosterone -- One Mom's Survival in a Household of Males (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), which was named a notable book by Booksense, a publication of a national organization of independent book dealers. 

For 12 years, Sharon wrote an award-winning newspaper column for The Cary News, Cary, NC. In addition, she's written for Good Housekeeping and Better Homes & Gardens.  


She has taught writing courses in elementary and middle schools as a Writer-in-Residence in over 25 schools in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Sharon has worked in radio promotions and in communications for non-profit organizations. She also works on public relations projects and does public speaking about various topics, including the inclusion of more uplifting literature in high schools, her most inspiring teacher, and humorous anecdotes from her books.

In 2017, Sharon became a lyricist and co-wrote songs with local teen artist Brooke Hatala (see Lyric Writing page for details). In December of 2017, Brooke performed one of the songs she and Sharon co-wrote at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Sharon also co-wrote two demo songs with Chad Lister of Osceola Studios in Raleigh, one of which was featured on country station WQDR's Homegrown Carolina series. 

Sharon lives in Cary, NC with her husband of thirty years, their youngest son who is 17 (as of 2018), and their long-haired dachshund, Fenway, with frequent visits from their oldest and middle sons who are college grads with Masters degrees, pursuing careers in accounting (Sharon says they didn't get the accounting skills from her!) Since she had her youngest son in her late 30s, Sharon blogs for the most popular website for 'older' moms, motherhoodlater.com 

She has completed one other humor manuscript, The Guy Zone, as well as a coming-of-age novel manuscript, Hand-Me-Downs, and a children's book manuscript, Pancake Jake in Waffle Land. She's currently pitching these projects to publishers. In addition, she's also working on a screenplay based on her published book, House of Testosterone. 

Sharon is a life-long resident of the Raleigh-Cary area (formerly Sharon Johnson) and is a 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in broadcast and print journalism (even though she has always been an avid NC State fan, thanks for dad, class of '49). 

In addition to this site, Sharon also developed momsofboys.org and uplit.org, a site dedicated to the promoting the importance of including some uplifting literature in high schools. That site also includes many links about teen anxiety/depression/suicide and videos of inspiring, positive or resonating songs & movies. 

Sharon thanks you for visiting her site and hopes you check out her books and other websites. She also hopes/begs that you follow here on Twitter (@4boysanddog, Facebook (SurvivingAHouseofTestosterone), and Instagram (all listed above in the right corner). You may also contact her at sjodonnell513@gmail.com 

Sharon's family 'pet' who is a true part of the family -- their long-haired dachshund, Fenway, who was born in 2004. He was actually born Oct. 27th, the night her family's beloved Boston Red Sox finally won a World Series after an 86-year-drought and the supposed 'curse of the Bambino.' When they learned the date of Fenway's birth, they knew he had to be their dog!