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About Shelby

Shelby is the author of Every Little Life, an interactive, self-help book for women who've experienced baby loss. While that book is close to her heart and provided the springboard for believing she could write more books, Shelby is currently working on a children's novel, a dream she's had since she was a little girl. Children dear to her are facing a different kind of loss and she believes now is the time for current literature that fights against current times. She's using her knowledge of Children's Literature from her time spent in college coupled with her love for nature, beauty and truth to craft an imaginative novel for young readers. Stay tuned.

Shelby lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and four daughters.

Facts about Shelby

1. Favorite books?

Fiction: Christy, Fog Mountain 

Nonfiction: One Thousand Gifts, Under God

2. Do you collect anything?

Pressed pennies from our adventures together.

3. What kitchen appliance do you use every day?

The coffeemaker of course.

4. What's your favorite zoo animal?

Penguins. My parents called me Shelby Lynn the Penguin when I was a kid and gave me penguin-themed gifts for every birthday since I'm near being a Christmas baby. What I disliked at first has grown on me. Penguins are easily my favorite animal. I'd have one as a pet if it were possible.

5. What did you want to be when you were small?

Secretly I wondered if I could be an author of children's novels akin to the ones I read as a child, but my outward answers were always geared toward who was asking and never included writing. It seemed impossible and unattainable in rural, West Virginia.

6. What makes you laugh the most?

The hilarious things my kids say without meaning to be funny. 

7. Favorite authors?

Tolkien, Lewis, Melville & Catherine Marshall

About Shelby's Family

I think it's safe to say we're outdpaughtered but we love everything about being parents to four beautiful girls!

Wes is my husband. He's an above-knee amputee, a physicist and his latest hobby is astrophotography.

Em is our eldest and loves dance and anything creative that allows her to express herself.

Ava is a spitfire. She's hilarious and strong. She's full of confidence and loves life.

Sam is our middlest that we don't include in our usual count, but when we went to get pictures of our completed family and I was feeling emotional over missing the sweet one we miscarried, a rainbow showed up in the photograph below right where there'd be room for one more child. It seems fitting to include Sam here in this space because we move forward, but we never forget.

Liv is our introvert. She loves to draw and will sit with a chapter book for the longest time though she hasn't learned how to read yet.


Iola is our "cutie baby," a name our girls made up. Her name means "violet-colored dawn" and "valued by the Lord," a fitting name for our last sweet girl as we believe daughters are just as valuable as a boy who carries on the family name. All children, male and female, are made in the image of God.

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