Bio

Hi! I’m Shelley, the author of thirty-two published children’s books (four more on the way) and a book of poetic prose for new mothers. Welcome to my official website! Here’s how you pronounce my last name: SAT-uhr-ehn.

I’m represented by literary agent Tina P. Schwartz of The Purcell Agency. Tina is based in Chicago, IL, USA.

My fiction credits include a humorous, contemporary middle-grade novel, Cat on a Hottie’s Tin Roof (Delacorte/Random House, 2003); twelve easy readers in the Max and Zoe series (Capstone, 2012, 2013, 2014); and four humorous chapter books in the Adventures at Hound Hotel series (Capstone, 2015). Four more Hound Hotel books will be released August 1, 2016, and international rights have been negotiated for a French Canadian edition of one of the titles, Fearless Freddie.

My agent Tina currently has a picture book manuscript of mine on submission and I’m working on a young adult novel. I enjoy writing in almost every children’s book genre!

I’ve worked as a children’s book editor (Dillon/Macmillan) and at a children’s bookstore (the Red Balloon Bookshop in Saint Paul, MN). Because I worked as a non-fiction book editor, I’ve written many NF children’s books. My Humane Societies: A Voice for the Animals was a Children’s Choice book.

I’ve also worked in elementary and middle schools as a tutor, a substitute teacher and a teacher’s aide (literacy and math, grades 2-6; after-school program, ages 5-12). I’ve taught writing workshops for pre-teens and teens, at libraries and young authors conferences, too.

I live in Minnesota, USA, with my husband, Roald, a high school social studies teacher. We have two grown sons. Erik recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and now lives in New York City where he works full-time on film projects (TV shows and feature films). Anders will be a sophomore in college this fall and is considering majoring in psychology.

Here are a few more biographical bits about me:

  • I moved a lot as a kid, between the American states of Minnesota, Oregon and Texas and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Besides my family, children’s books were the one constant, comforting presence in my life.
  • As a young adult, I worked as a nanny in New York City and in London, England.
  • One of my most treasured belongings is a letter from Roald Dahl. When I nannied in London, I wrote to him about my dream of becoming a children’s book author. He wrote me back, offering writerly advice and encouragement. Today that letter stands framed in my study.
  • My favorite books as a young girl were Pippi Longstocking, Charlotte’s Web, Harriet the Spy and A Wrinkle in Time. I also read every Encyclopedia Brown and Charlie Brown book I could find, plus every Nancy Drew mystery in the library. Reading has been an ever-present passion in my life!

Shelley Swanson Sateren, children's book author