Sharon died Nov. 21, 2016, while on vacation in Martinique. She was born in Chicago and graduated from Fieldston School in the Bronx, and then Princeton with a degree in psychology. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1980.
Sharon was an editor for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Miami Herald. At the Herald she also wrote a business column about the local tourism business. In 2006 she moved to Asheville, N.C., and worked as a freelance writer. Her drive to be a writer possibly came from her father, who was a reporter for Brown’s Letters, a construction industry newsletter in New York.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Reginald Thomas; her daughter, Morgan A. Thomas; and her son, Lorne S.