Caught by surprise and actually writing! Almost as much fun as studying marine life or reading a good mystery!
Shirley Ann Parker’s fiction and non-fiction for all ages has appeared in a variety of publications, including Ford Times, the Denver Post, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as the When We Were Young anthologies, published by A Community of Voices in Santa Barbara, California. She is a senior technical writer and editor, although she prefers creative writing and journalistic pursuits.
Following publication of her short story collection, Discoveries: A Journey Through Life, her second book, What Shall I Write? Personal Letters for All Occasions, was released in November 2002 as a trade paperback. Her third book, Between the Spaces of A Writer's Life (a collection of articles and essays),was published in July 2011. Parker is a member of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) . She is also a professional member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication, in addition to being a member of the National Notary Association and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in Communications, graduating with multiple honors from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Her other interests include reading (especially “cozy” mysteries), animals, photography, tennis, and marine life. She was born and raised in southern England and has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Utah, in addition to two extended stays in California. She now resides in West Hills, California with husband, Ken, and two cats, Figaro and Lucky. Other cats have also shared their home as long-term guests while their owners were hospitalized or recuperating.
Accomplishments: Society for Technical Communication, Viewpoint Editor – Award of Merit
STC, San Fernando Valley Chapter – Distinguished Chapter Service Award
Discoveries: A Journey Through Life by Shirley Ann Parker Like the flash and dart of dragonflies, other busy lives surround ours as we prance unaware through our own world. Each absorbing story portrays a powerful sense of place, even when life's smaller crises are held up to the light. It is the everyday challenges that define us, after all. From the joys and exasperations of daily living to magical realism, from Old Man Shever to The Refuge, these 17 s... Download Free Preview!
Discoveries: A Journey Through Life (CD - PDF files) by Shirley Ann Parker Like the flash and dart of dragonflies, other busy lives surround ours as we prance unaware through our own world. Each absorbing story portrays a powerful sense of place, even when life's smaller crises are held up to the light. It is the everyday challenges that define us, after all. From the joys and exasperations of daily living to magical realism, from Old Man Shever to The Refuge, these 17 s... Amazon.comTopaz Cove Creations
Short Stories The Christmas Visit by Shirley Ann Parker A little girl and her classmates in a chilly schoolhouse are warmed by a special surprise on the last day of school before Christmas....
Articles Keeping a backyard pond clean by Shirley Ann Parker Here are a few things to watch out for in order to keep your backyard pond clean. ... After 42 Years of Marriage by Shirley Ann Parker Romance has multiple stages after the wedding.... My English Christmas Memory by Shirley Ann Parker How things have changed! When we were little, it would have been unthinkable to buy a Christmas tree that would be thrown in the trash after use.... Camping in the Uinta Mountains of Utah by Shirley Ann Parker In a state replete with spectacular scenery, the Uintas (named after one of the Ute Indian tribes of the region) are Utah's highest mountains, and the only range in the nation to run east-west. While... What to Expect From a Book and Author Festival by Shirley Ann Parker Book and author festivals are a definite learning curve for the new author. They are a venue for getting your name out there and meeting potential readers, but you may not sell a lot of books.... Dealing with Obstacles by Shirley Ann Parker "Challenges" is too weak a word to deal with some situations that are actually "obstacles" in our way. But we can succeed in spite of them....
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