Shelly X. Leonn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism before working at her hometown newspaper in Washington, MO, as the web and youth editor.
During her time advising the youth staff, Shelly realized her true calling was teaching. She applied and was accepted to Teach For America St. Louis as a member of the 2008 corps. Her ten years in St. Louis City education have been spent in middle school and high school language arts classrooms as well as in mid-level administration. She is also an adjunct professor.
She, her husband, and two boys reside in Affton, and she enjoys reading, writing, outdoor activities, anime, video games, and other dorky pastimes.
Shelly is represented by Stephanie Hansen at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.