The Author

Like the double doll, Sharleen Daugherty turned her life upside down multiple times. After graduating from high school in 1959, Sharleen left Albuquerque, NM to pursue her education and career. A master’s degree in mathematics and several years of computer training with the Department of Defense ultimately led Daugherty to own Business Systems Solutions, Inc., an East Coast computer consulting business that catered to Fortune 500 companies. By 1994 Daugherty had sold her consulting business and moved back to the Southwest to start a company that promoted Navajo weavers and their art. The year 2000 brought another change when the weaving business was closed and the author began to write of her journey among the Navajo people. The latest turn came in 2005 when Daugherty was awarded her MFA in Creative Nonfiction and became a published writer. Sharleen Daugherty currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Silver City, New Mexico.

The Double Doll series chronicles author Sharleen Daugherty's journey from corporate executive to a specialist in Navajo weaving. Book I of the series Turning Myself Upside Down, was released in March 2014. Book II, She Faces Her Enemy, was released in November 2018, with Book I republished in 2019. Book III of the series is currently underway.

Other Publications

  • One essay: Doing the Macarena in More Voices of New Mexico, 2015, Rio Grande Books.
  • Three essays: Buggies and Frybread, The Old Ways, and Double Doll in Voices of New Mexico, Too, 2013, Rio Grande Books.
  • Three essays: Rudolfo, Rodrigo and Me, Doing Business the Navajo Way, and Yellow Poison in Voices of New Mexico, 2011, Rio Grande Books.
  • MFA Thesis: In Beauty It Is Finished, 2005, Goucher Press
  • Museum Catalogue for the Navajo Nation Museum and their exhibition: Men Who Weave (2004). The Window Rock, AZ exhibition was shown at the Smithsonian Institution's Native American Museum.
  • Magazine Article "Navajo Weaving: Alive and Well," April 5, 1999 edition of Home Furnishings News. HFN is internationally distributed through Fairchild Publications, Inc.

Author with award-winning weaver, Marie Sheppard (aka Sonya Bitsinnie) at her home in Tachee, AZ.

Author with Marie and members of her extended family.

Author with Leo Sheppard (aka Tyler Bitsinnie) in Tachee following a blessing ceremony for Book 1: Double Doll