Sharon Bala is trapped on a rock in the cold North Atlantic. Please send mangoes.

 Photo by: Laura Chapnick (Penguin Random House)

Photo by: Laura Chapnick (Penguin Random House)

Her bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Published in January 2018, it is available worldwide with forthcoming translations in French, Arabic, and Turkish. The unpublished manuscript won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015). 

In 2017, Sharon won the Journey Prize and had a second story long-listed in the anthology. A three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador's Arts and Letters award, she has stories published in Hazlitt, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Dalhousie Review, Riddle Fence, Room, Prism international, The New Quarterly, and in an anthology called Racket: New Writing From Newfoundland (Breakwater Books, Fall 2015).

Sharon is a member of the Port Authority writing group. They can be found every second Thursday swapping fiction in the closet of a store room on Memorial University's campus.

In her past lives, she worked in PR, event planning, and enjoyed a brief stint as a British housewife. Today, she earns her bread with words. She's available for speaking engagements, to write articles and essays, adjudicate competitions, for manuscript evaluations, and editorial aid. 

Sharon was born in Dubai, raised in Ontario, and now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland with her husband, the mathemagician Tom Baird.