Shari Cohen was born the oldest of three children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Louis Park High School and attended the University of Minnesota majoring in Journalism. During that time, Shari met Paul Cohen, a Wisconsin law student. A few years later, they married and moved to Southern California to pursue their careers.
Paul utilized his legal background to open up a Private Investigation Agency that assists law enforcement and entertainment companies with high profile matters. Shari began working for Textron Systems as part of the Space Shuttle Program Team. Their son Barry was born, followed by twins, Adam and Stephanie in 1980.
Shari then began writing stories for her children. She wrote tall tales, fables and humorous poetry. With three toddlers, she had the perfect audience for feedback on her work.
Her hobby soon took off into a full time career. She wrote poetry, self-help, career and science/activity books that were published in for children and young adults.
In the late 1990's, Shari began writing for several national magazines, specializing in human interest stories.
Family dramas including life-challenges and inspiration are her specialty.
After moving near the shore along the Pacific Coast of Malibu, she was inspired to write the book, Rhythm of the Sea. It was published by Beach House Books. Rhythm of the Sea is a collection of short stories dealing with human relationships. The stories all take place near the world waters.
During that time, she met Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, a Composer, Singer and creator of several children's CD's. They teamed up on a new book and CD of songs, Alfie's Bark Mitzvah, about a puppy with a giving soul who celebrates his important day with family and friends. Shari and Cantor Marcelo are enjoying the continued success of this book. They are at work on a new book for children, The Chanu-Cat.
To date, Shari has published fourteen successful books and continues to write articles for magazines. Her articles and feature stories have appeared in several magazines such as Family Circle, Woman's World, Woman's Day and Connect for Kids Online. Her story "Patches of Time" was published in Na'Amat Magazine and her children's tale, "Cantor, Can You Hear Me?" appeared in Shofar Magazine.
Shari Cohen is also a contributor to the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series.
Currently, Shari is working on a new series, Magical Moments in Medicine, Magical Moments in Parenting and Magical Moments in Teaching, in addition to Magazine Lifestyle Feature Stories. She is also working on a children's series, Diva Detective, based on the life of her daughter.
Shari appears at schools, festivals and bookstores for signings and readings and was a guest on the Fox TV Morning Show in Minneapolis to talk about her books.