|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.
Golden Crown Literary Society Conference, Panel and Workshop
First Tango in Paris Released
Jewel Book Club Appearance
Women's Week, Readings and Signings
Lone Star LesFic Festival, Reading and Panel
CONTACT INFORMATION: Email and Facebook address:
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 published her first novel, The Storm, in December 2012. It was a finalist for a GCLS Goldie in Historical Romance and for a Rainbow Award in the Debut Author category. Her second book, First Tango in Paris, another historical romance, will be released in July 2014, and she is working on her third novel, Autumn Spring, which will be set in contemporary East Texas.
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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