Sharman Burson Ramsey was born May 15, 1950, in Dothan, Alabama, the daughter of WWII veterans, a doctor and nurse with roots in America from the Mayflower, New Amsterdam and Jamestown to Powhatan. She began her writing career publishing articles in magazines and building an extensive Southern website http://www.southern-style.com through which she shares tips on Genealogy, Southern History, Gardening, Southern Manners and Etiquette and tips on Southern Weddings. She married her University of Alabama sweetheart, raised three children, had a radio show, got her Masters degree, taught middle school to university, and all the while read and researched the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in American and Native American history. Her first book, "Swimming with Serpents," (September, 2012, Mercer University Press) is the result of that research. The first sequel "In Pursuit" (September, 2013) follows the Red Sticks who survived Horseshoe Bend into the First Seminole War.
The Mint Julep Mysteries, a series of mysteries set on a plantation in Palmer, Cox County, Alabama, was inspired by her grandparents' plantation house that she visited frequently as a child. Ramsey and her sister, Dr. Sylvia Burson Rushing, current owner of their grandparents' home, co-authored Wakefield Plantation: history and cookbook with primer on etiquette and manners. The first three mysteries in that series are Creme de Cassis and Murder, Mint Juleps and Murder, and Mayans, Muscadine and Murder.
The Ramseys split their time between Dothan, Alabama and Panama City, Florida. They enjoy spending time with their five wonderful grandchildren.