Shelley Chappell

Biography

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.

To find out more about Shelley and her writing, read her stories, visit her website, www.shelleychappell.com, or make a connection with Shelley by following her posts on Facebook, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

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Books

The Longest Night
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Marda is a healer. When she walks the forest to collect her herbs, the unseen beings of the forest watch her. On the longest night of the year, they come to call. A fantasy flash fiction or short short story of 1000 words.
The Prince Who Turned Into a Toad: A Retelling of The Frog Prince
Price: Free! Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
While Kate and Rupert's parents are off touring the kingdom, Cousin Garil lets Rupert do anything he wants, but Kate isn't allowed to do any of the things she likes to do, which means her plans to become a scientist are hard to put into action. Yet when Rupert gets himself into a fix, Kate's love of science might be all that can save him. A short story of 5, 800 words for middle-grade readers.
Hah and Grr: A Retelling of Hansel and Gretel
Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Hah and Grr were abandoned in the wood as babies and raised by Mother Wolf. They are happy, but they are the weakest of the pack and they are often hungry. One day, when they are following in the tracks of their lupine family, they smell something wonderful on the wind and follow their noses to a strange den in the woods. A short story of 5,100 words for middle grade readers.
All Hallows' Eve
Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Katie has a secret and only her parents and her best friend, Tommy, know the truth: she can see dead people. Not just any dead people — the ghosts she sees are her ancestors. Everywhere she goes one of them trails alongside her, except one night of the year, on All Hallows' Eve, when all of her ancestors descend to visit her at once. A young adult fantasy short story of 5000 words.
Eirlys and the Seven Naughty Children
Price: Free! Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Fairy tales
A short Regency romance retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. To escape certain ruin at the hands of her stepmother, Eirlys must seek refuge at a house in the woods — as a governess. A short story of 3,900 words.
At the Water's Edge
Price: Free! Words: 2,770. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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A fantasy short story for young adult and adult readers. The tale of a mermaid drawn to the boundary where two worlds meet.

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