Shay is a soon-to-be-published author. Her story ‘Aquaria’ will feature in the Aquarius Zodiac Anthology by Aussie Speculative Fiction (Deadset Press), on sale January 2020. ​She is currently working on the first book of her YA epic fantasy trilogy (working title: Lupine Academy), as well as a number of picture books for children and a co-authored epic fantasy.
Shay has been a lover of books since she was a kid and could be seen at age three using her finger to follow along with words. Shay’s love of reading continued to grow throughout her youth and you could frequently find her in the school library and, once she could drive, the local bookshops! The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling remains her favourite to this day. Now, as a mother of two young girls, she enjoys sharing her love of reading with them, often sharing stories like Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey and Monstersaurus by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
Shay’s first published piece was in a book called Animal Kingdom from a short-story competition for primary school students, with a tale titled ‘A Home for a Fish Family’. Since then, she has continued to develop her creativity through words and illustrations, which she now shares with her students in her career as a primary school teacher.


Shay has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Australian Catholic University, and is a graduate of the Australian Writers' Centre (How to Write for Children and Young Adults and Writing Picture Books). Never one to stop learning, Shay is now studying for her Statement of Attainment in Editing (Editing and Proofreading) and is enrolled in the Australian Writers' Centre's Novel Writing Essentials program. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Shay also spends her time connecting with the writing community via Twitter and Instagram, updating her blog and supporting fellow writers by featuring book tours and author interviews on her website. If you'd like to get in touch with Shay about any of her work, upcoming editing services or having your book featured, please visit the Contact page.

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Writing Credits:



  • 'Aquaria' short story to be published in Aquarius Zodiac Anthology by Aussie Speculative Fiction (Deadset Press)


Conferences, Workshops & Training:


  • Creative Kids Tales Writers' Festival

  • Writing for Children and Young Adults - Australian Writers' Centre

  • Current: Novel Writing Essentials - Australian Writers' Centre

  • Current: Statement of Attainment in Editing 1 (Editing and Proofreading)


  • Writing Picture Books for Children - Australian Writers' Centre

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