Welcome: So glad you stopped by for a visit. I'd like to share a segment of my life with you by providing a sample of my novels, photos, and poetry.

Upcoming Events:

Women's Week 2012
Provincetown, MA
October 11-13, 2012

The Storm released
Mid-December 2012

Palm Springs LBGT Book Festival
Palm Springs, CA
February 28-March 3, 2013

Jewel Book Club
Dallas, TX
January 15, 2013

LoneStar LesFic Festival
Austin, TX
April 5-6, 2013

Golden Crown Literary Conference
Dallas, TX

CONTACT INFORMATION:    Email and Facebook address: Shelley



Shelley grew up in small-town East Texas with a great gang of girlfriends and a large extended family. A tomboy, she excelled in tennis after her dad made her quit playing football with the neighborhood boys. She also enjoyed playing the drums and bassoon in the public-school band and singing in the church choir and school chorus. She didn't have a crush on her P.E. teacher, but she certainly had one on her choral director, who also gave her private piano lessons.

Attending North Texas State University near Dallas expanded her horizons so much that, after graduating with an MA in English, she spent the next year traveling through Europe and the Middle East. Highlights included studying German near Munich; hitchhiking to Baghdad, Greece, and Poland; and studying Hebrew on a kibbutz in Israel.

The following year she majored in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School, then moved back to Texas, where she worked in the anthropology department at the University of Texas in Austin.

After moving to Orange, Texas--to the extreme east of Houston--she began teaching at the newly opened extension center of Lamar University there. She grew with the institution as both an instructor and administrator until she retired early as a full professor, having earned her PhD at the University of Houston. However, she always reserved her summers to travel and study abroad and/or attend writing workshops.

In 2004, Shelley became part of Bold Strokes Books as a consulting editor. She has worked steadily with the company, which is publishing her first novel, The Storm, in December 2012.

Now settled near her hometown with her partner, Connie, and their various pets, she works in the yard and looks forward to many more years of editing, traveling, writing, and visiting her friends and family.

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