About Shelley

SHELLEY FINAL HIGH RES-5Hello and welcome to my author blog,

I’m a multi-genre author, dividing my writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults, and the fantasy worlds of my YA fiction.

My non-fiction books combine lifestyle, motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and my young adult novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.  You can check out all my books via my publisher BHC Press

I’m an obsessive list maker who loves pizza, vampires and mythology, Tudor history and visiting castles! I may also have crazy cat lady tendencies.

My young adult novel, Oath Breaker is up for a RONE Award for the Best YA Novel of the Year 2018 – I’m heading off to California in October to attend the award ceremony so watch this space…


I’m also the founder of the Motivate Me Academy where I share my personal development blog, eCourses, and physical workshops – Motivate Me The blog was the basis for my bestselling non-fiction book, How I Changed My Life in a Year.

In June 2016 I won the award for Most Inspirational Blogger Award. It was a huge honour – here’s the criteria for my category:

The Most Inspirational Blogger Award again does what it says on the tin. A blogger who consistently inspires you. A blogger that’s thought provoking and inquisitive. Or perhaps they have become a muse to you with constant provision of inspiration. A blogger who touched your heart and inspired you.

I was utterly delighted to then scoop second place in the same category (Most Inspirational Blogger) in the 2017 Awards.

I was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but raised in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where I live with my three grown-up children, one eleven-year-old fat goldfish and a black cat called Luna.

I was asked during an author interview to list my favourite things:

  • Pizza
  • List Writing (yes, it’s a thing)
  • Anything supernatural or mythological – especially Vampires!
  • Watching Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead/Vampire Diaries/Shadow Hunters
  • Johnny Depp!
  • Staring up at the moon (I may have been a werewolf in a previous life!)
  • Chocolate – in large quantities.

You can check out all my titles via my publisher, BHC Press.

I’ve met some incredible authors and bloggers over the years – see if you can spot yourself in my rouge’s gallery:


65 thoughts on “About Shelley”

  1. Hello Shelley. Your background experiences sound very interesting. It’s great that you help others begin on their meditation journey. Meditation has worked for me and transported me to many heightened levels. Also, I have worked with YA and I know that they must enjoy your works. Will put a few on my reading list. Cheers, Lynn M.

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  2. Oh my goodness, yours looks so professional (NICE)! 🙂 Self-help without humour (which is pretty much common) is exactly what puts me off when it comes to reading the genre. I don’t want some super serious person telling me what to do! 😉 But withhumour…you’ve definitely piqued my interest! 🙂

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    1. Aww shucks, thanks Anne 🙂 Yes, I do love a good giggle especially at myself! I’m a huge self-help fan but the ‘you must do…’ and ‘take stock of..’ does my head in sometimes. Life can be pretty crappy at times but if you can find the laughter in any situation then you’ll recover faster – and probably live longer! Thanks for the follow 🙂

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      1. Hi – I was reading your blog about writing and noticed that Lyndsy Fonseca is a source inspiration for you. She’s my daughter-in-law, married to my son Noah Bean! She is a lovely person in real life, too. Thank you for your interesting comments on motivations for life and writing. Very inspiring.

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      2. Thank you so much, Ruth. Wow, how fabulous that you have such a lovely lady in the family! Lyndsy is my main character inspiration in the latest novel I’m writing (a Saxon princess!) 😊


  3. Congrats on your big win at the Bash! I wanted to chat with you, but didn’t muster the courage, I’m afraid! You’re a celebrity now. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed following you and discovered you thanks to the nominations. It’ll be different reading your blog posts now that I’ve “seen” you. Your prize was so well deserved. Congrats again!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much xxx
      Ha ha that made me chuckle :-). I think we were all in the same boat – a bit excited and yet apprehensive about jumping on people we didn’t know very well. Next year I will be leaping about like a jack-in-the-box and making sure I get to chat to everyone! 🙂


  4. Hi Shelley, I came across your blog from posts about the Blogger Bash awards. A huge congratulations to you! Most Inspirational, that’s awesome! It’s nice to connect with you, and I look forward to your posts. Take care, Jenny

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  5. I’m another list fan, often have a few on the go and yeah, great when I can tick something off, or cross it out when I’ve added it to a story! You have a lovely blog, Shelley and interesting to read about your books, book reviews and other activities.

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  6. Hi Shelley, so good to connect with you, thanks very much for the follow! I love your motivational quotes. Quite often as I sit down to write I read through a few, it makes a good start and gives me the right frame of mind to carry on where I left off the day before.

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  7. Hi Shelley! Just stumbled on your blog, and I’m looking forward to your posts and reading more about your book…Oathbreaker looks awesome! I just read the blurb on your site. Going to check out your motivation blog too, because I’m sure I can use all I can get 🙂

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  8. Wow, Shelley, you have such an amazing background and have written so many books! I’m so proud to know you. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished! 😀 I am also a pizza lover by the way…

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  9. Hey beautiful.! 😊🌹
    Pleased to know you.😊 You’re so talented. Best wishes for future ventures! 💜💖🌹💖
    Now Following…so looking forward to explore your blog more.😊


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