Award Winner!

My newest book, The November Molecule, won two awards at the 2023 Bookfest!

First Place Award: Fiction > Thriller – Medical
Second Place Award:
Fiction > Thriller – Military

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My fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the The Coachella Review, bioStories, Bending Genres, Cream City Review, Oatmeal Magazine, Literary Juice, Bartleby Snopes (Winner, story of the month), and The Chaffey Review (creative nonfiction), among others. My poetry has appeared in several journals including The 2012 Best of Anthology: Storm Cycle. I have completed 2 novels. Murmurs (YA paranormal) was completed in 2016 and The November Molecule (Thriller) was completed in 2018. I am currently seeking representation.


I come from a family of great storytellers and writers—my father majored in journalism and has written and published creative work; my grandmother was a poet and taught creative writing at the Tennessee State Prison; and my grandfather worked for the Tennessean newspaper and published several books of his own.

My grandmother’s life story was featured in Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul, Reader’s Digest and Parade Magazine and my aunt’s life story was told in the nonfiction book Marie: A True Story and was also adapted for screen.

More broadly, my family is filled with great storytellers and for me, growing up was all about story. As a writer, I have one foot in the creative world and one foot in the technical world. I spend my days at Vanderbilt University where I teach writing, write grants, and edit scientific manuscripts. I am also the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Communication of Science & Technology and also serve as the Director of the Technical Writing Collective. As a research editor, I have edited more than 200 scientific manuscripts and documents, 120 grant applications and two textbooks.

When I’m not teaching, I write fiction and (creative) nonfiction. I have also completed two novels. My work has appeared in the Cream City Review, Oatmeal Magazine, Bending Genres, Bartleby Snopes (Winner, story of the month), and The Chaffey Review (creative nonfiction), among others. I have an M.A. in English (writing emphasis, Belmont University) and my MFA (Lindenwood University). I live in Nashville, Tn with my family and three dogs.

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— Shellie



Cruz, October Hill Magazine

Something’s Bugging Me, The Meadow

Second Life, Jonah Magazine

World Without End, Literary Juice

In the Seven Years Before She Knew,

Quick and Painless, Bartleby Snopes (Winner, Story of the month)

Things I’d Waited to Say, The Blue Lake Review

Lunatic Fringe, The Oatmeal Magazine

Sole Mate, published in The Penmen review

The Price of Doubt, The Belmont Literary Journal

No Good Place to Die, The Coachella Review

Creative Nonfiction

SkinBending Genres

Click Here to Chat with an Online TherapistBioStories

The Strike, The Cream City Review

PrimetimeThe Chaffey Review


ErrandsThe 2012 Best of Anthology: Storm Cycle

South Carolina in JulyThe Belmont Literary Journal

Malibu DreamerB

On the Way to Gautreau’sPyrokinection

Dusk, The Hundred Year Flood, Jellyfish Whispers

Pass the Abuse, The Belmont Literary Journal


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