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A native to the ocean and transplanted to the mountains, Shelly Brown has always loved children and books so it made sense when she started writing books for children. In her spare time she helps her husband, author Chad Morris, write MORE children's books. In her extra-extra spare time she loves the theater and traveling. She is also one of the worst tap dancers you will ever meet. But she does it anyway.

She has no regrets, one husband, three chickens, five children, and sixty-four Pez dispensers.

For more information, to request interviews or school visits, or for a press kit contact her at shellybrownwriter@gmail.com

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Shelly Brown I'm going to answer your last question first:
No, it's not too long. LOL! Ask as many questions as you'd like.

How long did it take to write Ghostsitter…more
I'm going to answer your last question first:
No, it's not too long. LOL! Ask as many questions as you'd like.

How long did it take to write Ghostsitter?
Would you believe several years? Ghostsitter was my first published book so for many years I wrote story after story, editing them, fixing them, and submitting them. The first draft of Ghostsitter was a NaNoWriMo project and so it was completed in only one month. But I edited it for another 2 months before sending it out to people to get feedback. Then rinse and repeat, I just kept trying to get it to be the best story I could write. From first draft to contract I would guess it took two years. Then there is always more editing after the contract. Crazy, huh?

When did I start writing?
My husband is an author and I wanted him to write a story that I had an idea for. He refused. He said that I should write it. I huffed and stomped away but the idea of writing my own story sounded intriguing (and hard!) But I tried. That was 2010 and now I'm hooked.

Thanks for all of your kind words and best of luck chasing your own dreams Madeline!(less)
Shelly Brown If you really want to write a book there are only two things that I can possibly see getting in your way. One is quitting. It's the only sure way to n…moreIf you really want to write a book there are only two things that I can possibly see getting in your way. One is quitting. It's the only sure way to never succeed. The second one is your pride. If you are too proud to keep learning then you might not improve enough to get published. But as long as you are constantly learning and you don't quit I know that you will get there.

There will be hard days--don't quit.
You will think you're no good some times--don't quit.
People will be harsh with your art--don't quit.
Life will get in the way of creation--don't quit. (Breaks are okay)
Put your head down and plow through and JUST DON'T QUIT!

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"So, Willa meets a whale, while whale watching, and find she can talk to it when she goes down to the beach. Her mother, who was a marine biologist died recently, and she is now living with her father and his new family, and there is nothing of her ol" Read more of this review »
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Willa and the Whale comes out in March. It's about a 12 yo girl going through some big changes in her life and uses a live humpback whale as a therapist. Lol, that might be a slight oversimplification but it's a fun story.
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Simple, sweet story about a girl who struggles with her mother's mental illness. Written with sincerity and tenderness. Will appeal to people who like their stories a little slower, definitely not Percy Jackson. But despite the slower pace I found it ...more
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"I loved this book! It made me laugh and cry. I felt connected to the characters in a way that doesn't happen often. The characters are believable and realistic.
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