Stronger Than Passion  
         Sharron Gayle Beach
  For Sharron Gayle Beach, storytelling is the result of an itinerant childhood of residences in several states, an eclectic education, ranging from anthropology to broadcast journalism, stints as a model, boutique owner, decorator and becoming a dilettante of the eccentric. Plus focused but voracious traveling. Intense historical research informs her novels and spurs the plaintive cry, "Oh now I have to find out about this," which her entrepreneur husband, George Massey, so frequently hears. Her first novel, Stronger Than Passion, a Maggie award finalist, is indicative of her love for the grand romanace, as represented long ago by Alexandre Dumas, Dorothy Dunnett and M. M. Kaye. Sharron divides living between residences in the mysterious city of New Orleans and the languid beaches of northwest Florida. Not to mention, of course, spending time in her own insatiable imagination, dispensing plots, characters, and dialoge indiscriminately beneath the fiction of ordinary life.