Investigating Sonoma County – in Bodega with the Master of Suspense

Shelley Masini was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, the county seat of Sonoma County—known for redwoods and Pacific coastline, wine and Pliny the Elder, cycling and car racing, Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Brown—and whose towns and  history are the setting for her Penzey Brighton Mystery Series.

Intent on being a writer, she earned her Masters Degree in creative writing at Sonoma State University, during which time she experienced her first academic publication.

SSU Panel
Hosting a panel on publishing at the SSU Green Music Center

In addition to her Penzey Brighton Mystery Series, she also enjoys writing literary short stories, the first to be published, “French Lessons,” can be read here. She is also researching a trilogy of historical fantasy which explores a mysterious connection between humans and animals affecting both’s future. In 2015 Shelley completed a yearlong blog, Living as a writer for 365, posting daily about the challenges, inspiration, and effort required to be a successful writer. It can be read here.

Hands-on research with the CA Survival School and her Sisters in Crime

Shelley lives in Sonoma County from which she continues to draw creative inspiration, filling her life with family and friends, champagne and Cadbury chocolate. She shares a fixer-upper with her husband and a cat named Oscar. She enjoys British murder mysteries, the smell of books, exploring new places, and time by the sea.