Shelley Chappell


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 YA 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.

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.

She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she gains inspiration for her writing from the sprawling Canterbury Plains, the hilly seascapes of Banks Peninsula, and fellowship with other writers and readers.
To find out more about Shelley and her writing, visit her website,, or make a connection with Shelley by following her posts on Facebook, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

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Fairy tale retellings, fantasy, science fiction for all ages


Other interesting skills and knowledge

Literary analysis – PhD in fantasy fiction for children and young adults



Canterbury, New Zealand

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