Sharleen Daugherty grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She left the Land of Enchantment in 1959 to pursue her education and career as a computer applications consultant. Sharleen held a variety of jobs on the East Coast that ultimately led to owning and managing Business Systems Solutions, Inc. By 1994 Daugherty had sold her computer consulting business, moved to Colorado, and started the Durango Trading Company. In 2005 Daugherty received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland and began to write about her experiences with the Navajo people. Her publications include essays in the anthologies, "Voices of New Mexico" and "Voices of New Mexico, Too;" a 2004 Navajo Nation Museum catalog, "Men Who Weave;" and, an article "Navajo Weaving: Alive and Well" in the April 5, 1999 edition of Home Furnishings News. Sharleen currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Silver City, New Mexico. In 2006 she founded a program called Literacy Alive with a commitment to promote the love of reading and writing among children and young adults throughout southwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Reservation. This program has published the anthologies, "Young Voices of Silver City" and "Literacy Alive: Young Voices of Silver City, 2014."