Shelley Burbank was born in Bangor, Maine, graduated from Bangor Christian High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1990. While at UMF, she took creative writing courses and was a member of the UMF Literary Guild. Several of her short stories and poems appeared in student literary magazines. One story “The Hat” was included in Thunder Eggs: The Best of Student Writing from Across the Curriculum.
(And yes, that does sound less like a literary magazine and more like a breakfast joint a mile from the Daytona International Speedway. . . but she’s very proud of it just the same.)
After college, in a manner most befitting a struggling writer, Shelley worked various and sundry jobs as a tutor, substitute teacher, supermarket cashier, baker, personnel clerk, bookseller, administrative assistant, library volunteer, clubhouse attendant, receptionist, legal assistant, production manager for an academic publishing company, and ghostwriter.
Shelley’s romantic mystery novel, Disguised was published online by Wattpad Paid Stories in June 2020. She ghostwrote a memoir by Martha Brosio, The Last Ten Days: Academia, Dementia, and the Choice to Die which was published by Myers Education Press in 2019.
Shelley has also been published in the national magazines True Story, True Confessions, and True Love and in literary magazines The Maine Review and The Katherine Press Review. She was also a contributing writer to her community’s weekly newspaper, The Waterboro Reporter, for several years, focusing on stories about local artists and entrepreneurs.
Shelley continues to write and publish novels online at Wattpad.com.
When she’s not reading or writing, Shelley enjoys theater, opera, museums, author readings, knitting, coffee shops, classical stretch exercises, walking in the park, and cooking. She belongs to a wonderful writing group, The Advance Copies, and is passionate about women’s empowerment, the arts, education, and literacy. She keeps a personal journal to stay sane, considers coffee a necessity for a life well-lived, and can’t seem to Marie Kondo her book collection despite the best of intentions.
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