Sharon Estill Taylor, PhD, an educator, speaker, and writer, and war orphaned daughter. She has taken a hiatus from being a Social Work and Psychology professor, Women’s Studies Chair, and First Year Experience Director, to write books. She considers herself a late bloomer who aspired to being a foreign correspondent and live a life of endless adventure and travel. Some of that has actually happened with more of both predicted.

Her memoir, Phantom Son: A Mother’s Story of Surrender was published in September 2015 (Two Sylvias Press). The sequel, Phantom Father: A Daughter’s Quest for Elegy will be released in November 2016. Her father-quest story was made into a documentary film by Spiegel TV, “A Love in the Time of War: the Last Flight of Lt. Estill,” It follows her search for and recovery of her father’s WWII lost crash site in Germany.

Sharon and Dad
(Painting by James B. Hartel)