Shelley grew up near Kansas City, graduated from Oklahoma State University, and took post graduate courses from OSU and the University of Wyoming. She has traveled extensively, lived internationally, and now calls Texas home.
She has worked for many years in Information Technology, as a Network Engineer, a Project Manager, Operations Director, and I.T. Director (Department Head). She holds several technical certifications and is proud to say she mastered many technologies few women ventured toward in her early years while working 24 hour days.
She’s a member of Houston Literary Guild, Romance Writers of America, The Writer’s Guild, and Sisters In Crime (SinC)–and several techie organizations that we won’t mention. Her work is varied and has been compared to several big named authors. and artists as time allows though writing her latest book is normally the priority.
Cassie Nunez has devoted her career as a research scientist to developing an implant which will suppress violent urges in sex offenders. If successful, it will be the first known mechanism to prevent these crimes. When Hurricane Amy threatens the gulf, she stows the precious cargo in her car and plows through three-foot deep water toward safety.
Greg Davidson, a private investigator, is headed to a meeting with an influential client. When rain floods the freeway, Greg is forced to swim to safety on a nearby truck. Cassie is whisked into the water and he subsequently pulls her from near-drowning. Every local news helicopter and van catches his daring rescue on video and they become an instant sensation, a story of survival against the weather.
Cassie and Greg’s worlds collide when the very company Greg is investigating has potentially ominous ties to Cassie’s research. How can he investigate it in full view of the television crews without getting caught? How can she set her life in order when trying to avoid deadly forces after her research AND her annoying attraction to Greg?
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Q: What’s inside the mind of a romantic suspense author?
A: Hmmm. Good question.
Q: Why do you write?
A: It has always been a passion of mine but my career has taken a lot of twists and turns. Still, I hope that someday I’ll write something that appeals to the readers and keeps them up all night. Something that people recommend and share.
Q: How picky are you with language?
A: I grew up in Missouri and have lived a lot of places so I find language intriguing. You can often tell where a person’s from based on their colloquialisms (not to mention accent). As far as grammar, etc…well, a writer who can break the rules and still keep my interest is my hero. People don’t always speak in complete sentences so I tend not to write that way.
This is where I have to confess something…my parents were very strict on manners and the use of bad words. Consequently, the worst thing I ever said in front of them was the word “damn” when I was a senior. I was grounded immediately afterward. It wasn’t until I reached my thirties that I realized it was much better to vent a little than to give myself ulcers stewing over things that people did or said which bothered me. That revelation caused the damn (oops, dam) to break. In my books, my characters use foul language and are comfortable with expressing themselves.
Q: Do you get the feeling you’re playing God when you write fiction?
A: Uh, no. I’ll leave that to the expert. I just want to write something interesting and entertaining. I’m not trying to change lives…though I have an idea in my head for an inspirational book that’s not religious-based. I’m a little afraid to write it though as I’m sure it will get me pretty fired up. One way or another.
Q: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?
A: Huh? That’s a strange question. By whom?
Q: What is your worst time as a writer?
A: Release day for a book. I always hope and wish for a bestseller that will hit the top ten in my genre and get pretty depressed when they don’t. I know that’s unlikely but…geeze, why not?
Q: Your best?
A: When I’m totally immersed in the story and enjoying my characters as I develop them. I also love the first glimpse of the cover, the second or third edit, my first review of the ARC…and release day. Yes, release day is the worst day as well as the best.
Q: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?
Q: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
A: An editor I met recently asked for fulls on all three of my current manuscripts, then later emailed and asked if I had anything new in the works. Boy did that give me a big head (for about a day).
Q: Is writing an obsession to you?
A: No, but I sure hope it will be a viable way to make fun of myself in old age and pay for that yacht on my bucket list.
Q: Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?
A: Of course. You’ll see my personality laced into the characters once in a while as well as my weird sense of humor. Other than that, the events are total fiction.
Q: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?
A: Isn’t fiction a way of taking reality and making it more interesting?