Shelley Kirilenko writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her short stories have been published in The Iconoclast, Short Stories Bimonthly, and Sunflower Dream. Her memoir on infertility, The Blue Kimono, came out in November 2007 and her short story collection, Evening in Missoula, was published in July 2009. In 2013, two of her works came out both in paper form and as an e-book: a mystery novel (A.B.D.) and a non-fiction book on Jewish holidays (My Year as a Jew). In 2017, Shelley received a Masters of Creative Writing degree from City University of London. Under the tutelage of award-winning UK crime thriller writers, she completed Brought to Light, her latest installment in the Jan McCann mystery series.
Shelley hails from Missoula, Montana, where she earned both a B.A. (’83) and an M.A. (’88) in German from the University of Montana. She studied fin de siecle Austrian literature in Vienna while on a Fulbright. Her research in Vienna resulted in a dissertation on Jewish-Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler, entitled The Image of Hero in a Decaying Society: A Comparison of the Dramas of Arthur Schnitzler and Anton Chekhov. In 1995 she received a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Shelley lives in London and teaches creative writing at CEA Study Abroad. She's partial to reading, traveling, dancing, running marathons, and watching her son's soccer games.