‘Artist Wife: A Suspense Story of Love, Intrigue, and Triumph’ author comes to UW-Parkside on June 8
SOMERS – Kenosha native Sharron Bedford-Vines, author of “Artist Wife: A Suspense Story of Love, Intrigue, and Triumph,” will be coming to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Black Box Theatre in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities for a special event on June 8. Ms. Bedford-Vines will relate her journey as a writer and gladly sign copies of her book. A reception will immediately follow the book presentation. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is co-sponsored by the UW-Parkside College of Arts & Humanities and the Mahone Foundation, and is open to the community, as well as Parkside students, staff, and faculty. Free parking is available.
Sharron’s first novel “Artist Wife” was published in January of this year. Her love of literature began as a teen when she became an avid reader of romance and suspense novels. This newfound love inspired her to write poems. But she never dared to imagine that she might one day write a novel of her own. However, God had other plans. When she transitioned out of the 9-5 workday into retirement, she experienced the undeniable tug of creativity from whence the “Artist Wife” was born.
Sharron’s parents, Cleveland and Alice Bedford, raised eight children in a loving close-knit Christian home that emphasized God, education, work, and serving and respecting all people. Sharron’s life was filled with church activities, community events, and a supportive extended family. She was surrounded by strong women role models, who strengthen her spiritually and fine-tuned her analytical skills.
At Tremper High, she participated in cheerleading, choir, and track. After graduation in 1971, she attended Bryant & Stratton Business School in Milwaukee. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a legal assistant for entertainment attorneys for fifteen years. In 1989, she married Roederick Vines, a visual artist, and thus began her journey as an artist’s wife. In 1993, they moved to Atlanta, an “artist haven” for emerging black artists.
In 1996, she attended paralegal school and was later employed by Cox Enterprises, Inc., a media company, before retiring in 2016. Retirement provided motivation for her to purposely complete her novel. Although “Artist Wife” is fiction, she states her life experiences fired her imagination to create a suspense story of love, intrigue, and triumph. Sharron has a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration Management from American Intercontinental University. She and her husband Roederick have three children and they currently reside in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Sharron has started her next novel.
Special thanks to the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund, Dr. Lesley D. Heins Walker, and the University of Wisconsin Parkside for providing sponsorship and advocacy for the arts. You can read more about Ms. Bedford-Vines and her work via the links below.
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities