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, and production manager for an academic publishing company. She is currently working as a freelance writer, ghostwriting a memoir for a client, and quietly pondering midlife.
Shelley married her college sweetheart in June 1992, and she and her husband and daughter moved to Limerick, Maine in 2002 where she continued to write short stories and novels, eventually gaining publication 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 has written four novels, two of which she serialized on Wattpad.com, an online community for reading and writing with over 65 million users from across the globe. Her first Wattpad novel, Disguised, was chosen by the movie Unfriended for their best of thriller reading list and reached #15 on the Wattpad Hotlist. Disguised was a Wattpad featured story as was her second full-length work on Wattpad, Finding Penny.
When she’s not reading or writing, Shelley enjoys knitting, binge-watching Netflix, practicing yoga, and hanging out in coffee shops. She belongs to a wonderful writing group, The Advance Copies, and is passionate about literacy and arts in education. 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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