Born to a military family, Shelley spent her early years living abroad. Having been exposed to different cultures early in life she developed a respect and admiration for tradition, philosophy as well as a big imagination. When her family returned to the states they settled in southern Maryland, where she was raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C. From early on she loved to create plots in her mind, following characters on their adventures and seeking out the meaning of life in the stories that unfolded in her head.
She acquired a bachelor's degree in English with a specialization in technology and discourse, gaining a deep appreciation of the writing process through her studies. From classic literature to contemporary romance novels, she identifies with the joy of getting lost in a good story.
Shelley is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her RWA state chapter of the Maryland Romance Writers.