My fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the The Coachella Review, bioStories, Bending Genres, Cream City Review, Oatmeal Magazine, Literary Juice, Bartleby Snopes (Winner, story of the month), and The Chaffey Review (creative nonfiction), among others. My poetry has appeared in several journals including The 2012 Best of Anthology: Storm Cycle. I have completed 2 novels. Murmurs (YA paranormal) was completed in 2016 and The November Molecule (Thriller) was completed in 2018. I am currently seeking representation.


I come from a family of great storytellers and writers. My father majored in journalism and has written and published creative work. My grandmother was a poet who taught creative writing at the Tennessee State Prison. My grandfather worked for the Tennessean newspaper and published several books of his own. My grandmother’s life story has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul, Reader’s Digest and Parade Magazine. My aunt’s story was told in Marie: A True Story and was also adapted for screen. For me, growing up was all about story.

As a writer, I have one foot in the creative world and one foot in the technical world. I spend my days at Vanderbilt University where I edit scientific manuscripts and teach technical writing. During my years as an editor, I have edited nearly 200 scientific manuscripts and documents, 120 grant applications and two textbooks. Currently, I am working with colleagues and students to launch The SciLit Review (coming spring 2020), a journal that will feature science-themed poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

When I’m not at work, I write fiction, creative nonfiction and the occasional lyrical essay. I have also completed two novels. My work has appeared in the Cream City Review, Oatmeal Magazine, Bending Genres, Bartleby Snopes (Winner, story of the month), and The Chaffey Review (creative nonfiction), among others. I have an M.A. in English (writing emphasis, Belmont University) and will complete my MFA in 2020. I live in Nashville, TN with my husband, kids and three scruffy dogs.

Welcome to my site!

— Shellie



Quick and Painless, Bartleby Snopes (Winner, Story of the month)

The Price of Doubt, The Belmont Literary Journal

World Without End, Literary Juice

Lunatic Fringe, The Oatmeal Magazine

No Good Place to Die, The Coachella Review

Sole Mate, published Winter 2022 in The Penmen review

In the Seven Years Before She Knew, published Winter 2022

Creative Nonfiction

Skin, Bending Genres

Click Here to Chat with an Online Therapist, bioStories

The Strike, The Cream City Review

PrimetimeThe Chaffey Review


ErrandsThe 2012 Best of Anthology: Storm Cycle

South Carolina in JulyThe Belmont Literary Journal

Malibu DreamerB

On the Way to Gautreau’sPyrokinection

One Horse Town Life, Errands, Academia Unraveled, Mindless Muse

Dusk, The Hundred Year Flood, Jellyfish Whispers

Pass the Abuse, The Belmont Literary Journal


The End [4-minute read]

The End. [749 words, 4-minute read] We’ve all said it. Maybe we threw the book or shouted at the television screen. What? Why? That’s it? Noooo! When it comes to storytelling, the ending gets the shaft. If it’s not perfect, if it doesn’t take all of our questions and...

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