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Shelley Burbank Bio

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 an introduction to fiction writing course and was a member of the UMF Literary Guild. Her short story “The Hat” was included in Thunder Eggs: The Best of Student Writing from Across the Curriculum, and several short stories and poems appeared in student literary magazines. 

After college, Shelley has worked as a tutor, substitute teacher, supermarket cashier, baker, personnel clerk, bookseller, administrative assistant, library volunteer, clubhouse attendant, receptionist, legal assistant, and publishing assistant for an academic press while continuing to hone her writing skills.  

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.  

Since 2002, Shelley has written several novels, some of which she serialized on, 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 before being published by Wattpad’s Paid Stories e-book Imprint in 2020.

In 2019, she co-wrote a nonfiction memoir, THE LAST TEN DAYS: Academia, Dementia, and the Choice to Die by Martha Risberg Brosio. The book was traditionally published by Myers Education Press and received several good reviews in the academic sphere. 

Shelley’s favorite writers include Jane Austen, Alice Hoffman, Jennifer Weiner, Jennifer Crusie, Candace Bushnell, Anita Shreve, Tabitha King, Carolyn Chute, Bill Roorbach, Richard Russo, and Stephen King. 

When she’s not reading or writing, Shelley enjoys knitting, binge-watching Netflix, hiking with her husband, and spending time with friends and family. She belongs to a wonderful writing group, The Advance Copies, in Limerick, and is passionate about adult 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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