Shelley Chappell is a writer of fantasy fiction and fairy tale retellings for children and young adults. She is the editor of Wish Upon a Southern Star (2017), a collection of radically retold fairy tales by twenty-one New Zealand and Australian authors, and the author of Beyond the Briar: A Collection of Romantic Fairy Tales (2014) (nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award) and a variety of short stories. She is a member of the Christchurch Writers’ Guild, a supportive community fostering connections between writers and promoting writing in Canterbury and New Zealand, and SpecFicNZ, the New Zealand association for creators, writers and editors of fantasy and science fiction.
Shelley wrote a doctoral thesis on fantastic metamorphosis in children’s and young adult fantasy literature, titled Werewolves, wings, and other weird transformations. Her academic work includes articles on fantasy motifs as metaphors and werewolves as a metaphor for racial difference.
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