Shelley Day Sclater is an award-winning writer. Formerly a litigation lawyer, a psychology lecturer and a research professor, she published extensively on Families, Reproduction, Divorce, Emotion and Identities. Her debut novel - 'THE CONFESSION OF STELLA MOON,' published July 2016 by Saraband - set in the NorthEast of England, won the Andrea Badenoch Award, was long-listed for the Bath Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship and the Dundee International Book Prize. It was picked by New Writing North as one of its Read Regional titles in 2017.
Shelley's short stories have appeared in magazines, newspapers, anthologies and on-line and been read at book festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Shelley was named as one of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature's emerging writers in 2013. In 2015 Shelley won a Northern Writers Award for her collection of short stories 'what are you like' due out with Red Squirrel Press in 2018.
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The Confession of Stella Moon is Contemporary Gothic with a twist - Stella Moon is disturbed and disturbing, a self-confessed killer. Stella comes out of prison having served time for killing her mother. She wants only to restart her life. But there’s a grim family secret that refuses to stay buried. Stella is pulled back into a past she hardly knew she had, and realizes she’s killed more than once …
“A truly compulsive drama of guilt, manipulation and paranoia … this thriller is a highly original but always page-turning read.” Irish Times
"The book is smart. The writer is smart. The central character is smart and sassy. Just what we need in this day and age. A shero we can believe in. Don’t miss this." Tina Gharavi, filmmaker, I am Nasrine
“This is a strong, confident debut novel … In Stella Moon, Day has created a memorable character- the ultimate flawed female. But is she a villain or a victim? It’s up to the reader to decide, but be warned…Our Stella has claws. She will drag you in and keep you in her murky, dilapidated world long after you read the last page!” Sandra Ireland, author of Beneath the Skin
“This is an assured and stylish debut novel … Stella is flawed and confused and wonderfully real, a welcome tonic to the passive "girls" that populate so many modern thrillers. Shelley Day is an excellent world builder. There is something slightly otherworldly about her decaying boarding house - a dark, Gothic place that seems to sit just parallel to reality, a place that is frightening yet immersive. The sort of cult novel that, while writing about those on the fringes, doesn't deserve to sit on them itself.” Stacy Alesi (‘Bookbitch’)
“…Intelligent, confident and expertly paced, it's hard to believe this is a debut novel. The Confession of Stella Moon is pitch dark at times, but with shining hope at its heart. Highly recommended.” Angela Jackson, author of The Emergence of Judy Taylor
“It's a long time since a novel sank its fangs into my brain in such a spectacular way… Multi-layered, dark, delicious prose.” Allison Davies
“…Absolutely absorbing noir …” Maria Tamboukou, Professor of Sociology
“Once in a while an author comes along that refreshes the genre, to my mind Shelley Day has done just that.” Jacky Collins, Newcastle Noir
Shelley is represented by Jenny Brown.