Shelley Stout

Originally from Annandale, Virginia, Shelley Stout resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with her two grown sons. She also enjoys volunteering at a local homeless shelter. Shelley is a contributing writer for Charlotte area magazines, and her award-winning fiction has appeared in anthologies, The Storyteller Magazine and online at WordRiot.


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I'm originally from a suburb of Washington, D.C., and I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am the author of two novels-Celebrities for Breakfast, and Radium Halos. I have been writing for about 10 years. 


Describe your book ‘Celebrities for Breakfast- a romantic comedy’ in 30 words or less. 


Judith’s 12-year-old daughter has an Olympic-sized crush on the biggest egomaniac in Hollywood. Soon, Judith falls for him, too, until he hires her to plan his wedding!



What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was the editing, but it was also the most rewarding. Once the first draft was complete, I spent months on polishing and revising. More editing followed after my test readers gave their opinions!

What books have had the greatest influence on you?

As a writer and author, many books about the craft of writing have influenced me. A few of the more noteworthy: 
On Writing,  by Sol Stein
Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, by Rebecca McClanahan
Story, by Robert McKee


Briefly share with us what you do to market your books?

I promote them on Twitter and Facebook, by reviews from other bloggers and authors, and locally and regionally with book signings. I also use the BookBuzzr widgets on my blog, and include both novels in their book-winning site, fReado.  


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

I enjoy spending my time listening to music, dancing, visiting my two grown sons, and working a great day job which affords me ample opportunities for people-watching.  


What are you working on next?

I am currently working on a Civil War short story, a magazine article, and a new novel. Also, I am waiting to hear from an agent in Turkey regarding translation rights. 

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