I have a few titles: mom, wife, reader, teacher, speaker. Zombie hunter and Jedi Knight are only part-time gigs.
Most importantly, I’m a writer.
I wrote my first book at age seven, and my friend did the illustrations. Mom threw away A Robin Lays an Egg in a cleaning frenzy. My first publishing heartache.
After college, I worked as a journalist. Reporting taught me character, plot, voice, and how to write 15 inches of copy in 15 minutes. I wrote about strange people in absurd situations. Journalism is my training ground for fiction and my perspective on life. I’m thankful for every moment in that newsroom.
Then I jumped into public relations and eventually quit to write full time. Sometimes the decision felt like a terrifying free fall. But persistence pays.
I kept writing, and eventually companies published my work. Then nice people gave me some awards and honors. Then a lovely agent agreed to be my publishing partner.
Finders Keepers, my second novel, was released Sept. 1 and joins The Graham Cracker Plot on bookshelves.
My new novel A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids will be out Oct. 1. Check back for more information about giveaways and upcoming appearances.
You can contact me at shelleytougas [at] gmail [dot] com.