A big thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous grant to complete my upmarket fiction, The Shark’s Wife:

For 15 years, Cindy MacNamara has enjoyed the perks of affluence in Oak Park, Chicago, but it all ends on an icy January morning when she finds her husband’s lifeless body.

After watching an interview with unsuspecting wives of Ponzi schemers, and having lived through my father’s bankruptcy, I wanted to write about a family broken by greed, to explore a wife’s struggle with conflicting feelings of love and guilt, and the challenges of starting over.

Now, I’m awaiting revisions from Alice Rosengard, a New York City editor with more than thirty years of experience with Harper Collins, Bantam, and Doubleday. Rick Kot, Executive Editor at Viking Books, writes in Publishers Marketplace: “Alice Rosengard is one of the great unknown treasures of publishing…clear-headed, eagle-eyed, and gifted with perfect pitch.” I decided to pay a professional editor before pitching to agents, to ensure my manuscript is compelling from start to finish, with an unforgettable narrative voice.

The highlight of 2015, was my week in Manitoba as a Toronto Dominion Canada Book Week Author, an experience that dramatically broadened my outlook on Canada. As I travelled throughout the province, speaking at libraries and schools, I saw the magnitude of a true prairie sky for the first time. Meeting avid readers and answering their thoughtful questions are amongst my best memories of the week, along with my appearance on CTV Morning Live on May 5. Here’s the link: http://t.co/R8iC5CMgX8

For 2016, I’ve added a Book Clubs Discussion Guide to my website, compiled of topics I encounter when I speak to groups.  If you’re a teacher, be sure to look at my Rachel Trilogy Literature Guides on this website, which are written to Common Core and the National Council of the Teachers of English Standards. They’re free! I’ve also included writing tips and exercises which can be accessed by clicking the “On Writing” tab.

I love to hear from readers; you can e-mail me through this site and contact me through the following:

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Thanks for visiting and have a peaceful, healthy year,

Shelly
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