Photo courtesy of Tori Avey


A big thanks to Tori Avey for including me on her blog today.  Tori is an amazing writer and blogger and all-around talent, and it’s such an honor to be featured.  Also, beautiful pics of the book.  Have a look! Tori’s Bookshelf

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Here’s what I know about book tours: they are equal parts fun and tiring.  I’m coming to the end of my book tour for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID—just a few more left this month and in June—and I’ve enjoyed every single one.  I’ve loved meeting readers, students, and other young adult writers.  But now I’m looking forward to a spring and summer on the farm working in our brand new vegetable garden and greenhouse (which is in pieces right now, but will be up and running by July), watching my baby goats grow up, and working on my embroidery.  I’m also going to be working on two books at once, which should prove challenging because one is contemporary and the other historical fiction.  So we will see how that goes.  In the meantime below are a few pics from my tour, in no particular order.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some photos and videos that pertain to ORCHID, so keep checking back.

Oh, and just fyi, I’ve been keeping a low-profile on social media because I’ve been so busy this spring, and I don’t see that ending soon, so if you want to get in touch please go to the contact me page and fill out the form.  I love to hear from readers and I answer every e-mail so don’t hesitate to write.  Also, I’m still offering signed bookplates, so drop me a note if you’d like one.


Sharon x




Signing my name on a pillar at Anderson's BookShops in La Grange, Illinois. (Event with Christa Desir)

Signing my name on a pillar at Anderson’s BookShops in La Grange, Illinois. (Event with Christa Desir)

Christa Desir and me at Anderson's Bookshops in La Grange, Illinois.

Christa Desir and me at Anderson’s Bookshops in La Grange, Illinois.


Book Cellar Young Adult Festival in Lincoln Park, Chicago. From left to right: Ted Goeglein, Emery Lord, Me, Peter Kujawinski, and Todd Hasak-Lowy

Carmel, Indiana  Barnes & Noble event.  With Jeff Zentner.

Carmel, Indiana Barnes & Noble event. With Jeff Zentner.

Signing Stock at Valparaiso, Indiana Barnes & Noble.

Signing Stock at Valparaiso, Indiana Barnes & Noble.

New York Public Library Big Read Event at Bread and Roses High School in Harlem.

New York Public Library Big Read Event at Bread and Roses High School in Harlem.

Bread and Roses High School, Harlem

Bread and Roses High School, Harlem

Books of Wonder, NYC, mega-author signing with pal and agency sib Tommy Wallach.

Books of Wonder, NYC, mega-author signing with pal and agency sib Tommy Wallach.

Aylesworth Elementary School presentation.

Aylesworth Elementary School presentation.


Lauch event at Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso, Indiana

Launch event at Barnes & Noble, Valpo, IN.

Launch event at Barnes & Noble, Valpo, IN.

The Forbidden Orchid

Hi All!

If you are anywhere near the LaGrange, Illinois area on Friday, May 20th at 7 CST, join me and my fabulous friend Christa Desir at Anderson’s bookshop!  We will be chatting about our books, signing our books, and…drumroll….I will be providing some neato snacks (read: French macarons), handmade by me.  So come on out.  Have some fun, chat with us, hang out.  It will be great.   Anderson’s Bookshop.  


YA fans, we have a double fun event with both Christa Desir and Sharon Biggs Waller, authors of Love Blind (Desir) and The Forbidden Orchid (Waller). Extra special? It’s Desir’s launch event! Help celebrate with other YA readers tonight.

This in-store event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book, Love Blind (Christa Desir) or The Forbidden Orchid (Sharon Biggs Waller) from Anderson’s. To purchase your book, please stop into or call the Anderson’s La Grange location at (708) 582-6353.
Event date:
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:00pm
Event address:
Anderson’s Bookshop La Grange
26 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525

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Hi All,

The Spring YASH is now complete!  I had so much fun participating, and I hope you did too!  I chose two winners for my swag giveaway: Perceptive Madness and Debi! Please contact me at with your address.  And anyone who commented and would like a signed bookplate or postcard (let me know which one) please drop me your email too.  This offer is open until Monday April 4th at midnight.

Sharon : )


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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!  So…somewhere on this hunt I’ve hidden my playlist for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID and the link to music on Spotify.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are nine contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAL TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a silver team, a green team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books! If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.



Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden the clue to my favorite number in my blog post, it’s in red. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the TEAL TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Remember, enter the contest to win a ton of books by me and all of the authors on my team. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Teal Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Team Teal

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

And now…let me introduce you to the fabulous Adi Rule! 




Today, I am honored to host the amazing Adi Rule for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Adi is the author of THE HIDDEN TWIN and STRANGE SWEET SONG (St. Martin’s Press). She studied music as an undergrad and earned her MFA at the beautiful Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in New Hampshire with three cats who hate each other. Find out more  by checking out Adi’s website or find the author’s book here Adi Rule, IndieBound.




THE HIDDEN TWIN—a girl with no name, a mythological Redwing, has been a secret her whole life while her twin sister Jey lives free as a human. But when Jey is kidnapped, Redwing must emerge, attracting the attention of underground rebels, a thousand year old cult, and the son of the Empress. Now she must prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her city.




Uncategorized, YASH



I’m so thrilled to be taking part in the Spring 2016 Young Adult Scavenger Hunt.  The “hunt” is a puzzle where you add up numbers.  You visit the website of each team author, write down all the secret numbers, total them, and submit the answer to be entered for the grand prize. There are 9 grand prizes being offered, one for each team (I’m on the teal team). You can participate in and enter the contests for all 9 teams or you can just pick one.  But here is the neato thing: each web post has special content for the hunt and even individual giveaways.  So you’ll get to discover something new about your favorite books and authors.  This all begins on Tuesday, March 29th.   More information and signup forms here: YASH.ROCKS.  It’s free, and it’s open to international hunters!  Go Team Teal!

The Forbidden Orchid, YASH


Here is something neato. My friend Sofi brought my attention to the feminist YA fiction list that the NY Public Library put together. There are so many books on this list that I’ve read or want to read. I’m honored to be included!

Here is the link if you’d like to see the entire list: New York Public Library’s Feminist YA Fiction List

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