Solihull mum lands ten-book publishing deal - The Solihull Observer

Solihull mum lands ten-book publishing deal

Solihull Editorial 28th Nov, 2017   0

A MULTI-TALENTED Solihull mum who went from blogger to fiction writer in nine days, has secured a ten-book publishing deal.

From meditation for children and motivation techniques, to demon realms and werewolf hunters, Shelley Wilson’s writing knows no bounds.

And now the 45-year-old has bagged a ten-book publishing deal with US publisher BHC Press, including sequels to Oath Breaker and Meditation for Children.

She said: “I’ve worked so hard to get where I am today and this deal is the cherry on the top for me. I’m a huge advocate for writers – both indie and traditional – and use my blog to promote other authors, and all possible genres.”

Shelley who lives in Hillfields, began her writing career in an attempt to kick her procrastination habit by challenging herself every month for a year, then blogging about it.

Her adventures soon became a book, which shot to number one on Amazon’s best seller lists for self-help and women’s biographies.

And during National Novel Writing Month the mum-of-three completed the first of a trio of fantasy books in just nine days.

The writer describes herself as a ‘female Peter Pan’ and says the Harry Potter books influenced her writing as well as TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Teen Wolf.

She added: “The young adult genre is fast paced, direct, action packed, and full of conflict, twists, and controversial issues. As an avid young adult reader I guess it was inevitable that I write for this age group too. Having three teenage children is also a good motivator.”

In addition to her impressive portfolio, last year Shelley scooped the Most Inspirational Blogger award and landed second place in the same category in 2017.

And the former holistic therapist revealed she had even been approached by renowned publisher Penguin Random House which she said felt like ‘getting a Christmas card from JK Rowling’.

Shelley – whose latest work as a book and blog coach is aimed at aspiring writers – said her top tip was to be 100 per cent committed to finding time to write.

She added: ” It’s no good saying you don’t have time and then watching Friends re-runs for hours on end. I used to be a pantser (which is an hilarious term for a writer who never plans their writing but just hopes for the best) and I used to end up with a ton of half written manuscripts.

“When I started plotting and planning my story arc, characters, and basic plot I was able to see the projects through to completion.”





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