SHELLEY KASSIAN is the multi-published author of several works of fiction, including her latest release, A Sea for Summer. She’s passionate about the craft of storytelling and considers herself a genre crosser, given her stories navigate the margins of dark fantasy––romantasy––and romance. A history enthusiast, she’s traveled to the UK and France to explore secret gardens and medieval castles, having an avid interest in Anne Boleyn and the Tudor period.

Shelley’s taken creative writing courses, holds board positions within professional associations, retains a Professional Editing Certificate, and attends conferences to further her writing career. Drawing on her expertise, an author has mentored novice writers, but her passion comes alive while scribing her stories into novel-length fiction. Shelley shares her life with her husband, adores her adult children, and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Shelley has completed a Professional Editing Certificate at Mount Royal University, where she received a B+ for a final Capstone editing project. Education is imperative when editing documents. I am knowledgeable in copyediting, but my flair for language construction leans toward stylistic editing. When utilized in a document, style editing shapes sentences with clarity, precision, and grace.

Professional Affiliations

Vice President & Bookkeeper of When Words Collide (WWC), a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children’s books, and poetry.

Past President of the Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America (CaRWA), an association whose main purpose is to further the careers of romance writers.

Member of Romance Writers of America, Published Authors Network

Member of BISG, Book Industry Study Group

Member of IFWA, Imaginative Fiction Writers Association

Current Publications

Books by Abby

A Reign of Blood and Magic:

The Scarlett Mark, Book 1

The Ebony Queen, Book 2

Books by Shelley

Contemporary Romance

Places in the Heart:

A Sea for Summer, Book 1

The Women of Stampede Series:

The Half Mile of Baby Blue, Book 2

The Thurston Hotel Series:

A Lasting Harmony, Book 5

Historical Romance

A Sacrifice for Love

A Heart across the Ocean

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