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Shirley Deuchrass was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and grew up on a farm in South Otago. She was educated in Dunedin, where she developed a love for writing. Although her first career path was nursing, she gained a BA in English at Otago University in 2003 and began writing in earnest.
Many of her poems grace the pages of Blackmail Press, PoetryNZ and Takahe magazines. A collection of poems was published in a book in 2010 titled River Calls Me Home.
Shirley’s writing history includes a self-published children’s novel called Isabella’s Diary in 2005 and several biographical titles.
She is married, with four children and seven grandchildren and currently lives in Wanaka, New Zealand.