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 her 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 12 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 has begun writing spicy contemporary romantic novels under the pen name Dara Franklyn.