Shelley Gillespie is an award-winning journalist, author/writer, speaker, educator, trainer, and marketing and writing consultant.
Her two current self-published books are “Hiking for the Couch Potato: A Guide for the Exercise-Challenged” and a child’s version, “Hiking for the Couch Potato Kid: Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and Other Beasties.” The guides are intended to help people become more active and enjoy the outdoors.
In 2015, Shelley co-founded and is Executive Director of Copa Shorts Film Fest, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit. The festival next occurs Feb. 16-18, 2018 in Maricopa, Arizona. Two days of films, screenplay table reads, free film workshops, and parties take place at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. She is thrilled to assist filmmakers in their careers and see the amazing projects they develop.
In her other business, Book Writing Success Coach, she assists other writers with their work. She is proudest of her ability to help others write well, which can have a major impact on career success. She also assists writers with publishing the completed work.
“You’ve changed my life,” said one writing student, who had quit a job rather than take a promotion that would require writing.
She recently served as a freelance reporter for the Arizona Republic for two years, as well as over eight years of previous experience as editor and reporter for a local Arizona paper.
In 2010, her series detailing a complex water rate case won first place for Arizona Newspapers Award for Best Series. The series had far-reaching repercussions, as the community was able to win a $5 million per year concession in rate increases.
During her 14 years as an Arizona resident, Gillespie has chaired the Friends of the Library in Maricopa and served on the Open Space Committee in Pinal County to develop a regional park.
She writes spicy contemporary romance novels under the pen name Dara Franklyn. Her first book, Celia, is available on her website firstname.lastname@example.org