Shelly Desjarlais knew in first grade that she wanted to be a writer. By the age of fifteen, she was writing full length novels, poetry, lyrics, scripts, and short stories. She has since published two novels and a poetry collection. Shelly also writes short fiction. Visit her "Free Stories" section for samples!  


After coming out as lesbian in 2012, Shelly started writing about and for the LGBTQ+ community. In 2015, Shelly also came out as genderfluid. She goes by both female and male pronouns. She enjoys supporting LGBTQ+ charities and participating in pride events whenever possible.

Shelly is also an advocate for mental health awareness. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at an early age. She hopes to use writing as a way to discuss mental health. The battle against mental illness is prominently featured in her second novel, Always Cora. It is available on Amazon now. 

Though she was born in California, Shelly has spent most of her life in Maryland. Currently, she resides in her hometown and has eleven animal children. Her favorite things are animals, the arts, baseball, and cooking shows. She is also a musician known as Sander Mason, an artist, and an actor/filmmaker. You can find her films by clicking here. Recently, she's started a line of apparel called "Tell Your Story Tees" that is available here.


She also enjoys talking in third person from time to time.

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