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ABOUT ME

SHELLEY KASSIAN has been writing timeless love stories filled with romance or dark fantasy (romantasy) for more than twenty years, novels that include her recent beach read, A Sea for Summer. A history enthusiast, she’s traveled far and wide to explore secret gardens and medieval castles, having an avid interest in the Tudor period. Her prose has been described as “near rhapsodic,” “pitch perfect,” and “stylishly straightforward, rarely relying on complex turns of phrase.” Reviewers have said her narrative conveys “imaginative fantasy,” “fascinating characters,” and “refreshing romance.”

Shelley’s taken creative writing courses, holds board positions within professional associations, and retains a Professional Editing Certificate. Drawing on her expertise, she 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 three grand pups, and when not relaxing at her seaside cottage, lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Education

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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