Shelley Day Sclater was born in Newcastle and lives in Edinburgh. In former lives, she has been a lawyer, an academic psychologist and a research professor, in which capacities she wrote and edited numerous articles and books on topics as diverse as surrogacy, autonomy, identity, and divorce. Shelley now mainly writes fiction and has studied Creative Writing at Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities. Shelley’s short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, on-line and in anthologies, most recently in New Writing Scotland 31. She is currently researching her second novel Muriel’s Story and working on a book for young people, provisionally titled The Other.
The Confession of Stella Moon
Set in the North East of England in the late 1970s, The Confession of Stella Moon is a dark brooding tale of matricide and infanticide with a touch of the supernatural. The story opens as young Stella Moon is leaving prison having served her sentence for killing her mother, Muriel. Her plans to restart her life fall to pieces when she discovers a family secret she’d rather not have known.
The novel was shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship and went on to win New Writing North’s Andrea Badenoch Award 2011 when it was still work-in-progress. It’s recently been shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Award 2013.
Saraband, Spring 2016