Celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with the Charles County Public Library this year by checking out some of our local authors, as part of our Local Author Virtual Showcase! All of the authors showcased in this series responded to a call for submissions we placed over this summer, to highlight their work throughout the month of November. At CCPL we value the contributions our local authors make in sharing their knowledge and passion with our community.  Make sure to check out our Local Author’s collection located at the Waldorf West Library. 

Sharon Finney

Sweet Magnolia


Sweet Magnolia is a reflective journey of a daughter’s precious memories shared with her mother. A mother daughter relationship cut short by terminal illness, at the very pinnacle of her adulthood, the author reflects on the 23 years they shared together and those valuable life lessons that helped shape, strengthen and sustain her through life’s joys and pains.

Sharon Finney is an Army veteran on a mission to encourage and inspire through writing, for growth and healing. She is the author of the memoir, Sweet Magnolia and has co-authored three projects between 2017 and 2019 with Lila Holley (Camouflaged Sisters) and Shirley La Tour (Out of the Shadows Ministry) all of which are Amazon best sellers. After publishing Sweet Magnolia, she established the Magnolia M. Bradford Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to her late mother. Book sales helped to fund the first award in August 2018. Sharon’s work has been featured in Women Who Served Magazine, the Panama Cyberspace News, DIGEST THIS! Ministry Magazine and The Pastor’s Message. Encounters with God is the first project released by her new company, Rose of Sharon Publishing. She is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoys traveling, spending time with family and supporting charitable endeavors in her local community.