Shea Ernshaw

Shea Ernshaw

Pronounced : sh·ay

I often get asked how to pronounce my first name. Think ‘Shea Butter’ the ingredient in many lotions and soaps. Although I’m usually not as sweet and buttery. But sometimes.

I live in an imaginary world

And sometimes, I live in a small mountain town in Oregon.

I have been writing stories and crafting characters since I was young—filling notebooks with stories about magical horses and eerie underworlds. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and I was lucky enough to grow up in a house filled with books, where my parents were always reading or painting or ruminating about the cosmos.

Now, I share my home with my husband, a grouchy editor cat, and two elderly dogs.

I also love lakes, deep dark woods, and delicious vegan pastries.


Shea Ernshaw is a NYT bestselling author and winner of the Oregon Book Award. Her books have been published in over twelve countries/languages, and her novels The Wicked Deep, Winterwood, and A History of Wild Places were Indie Next Picks. She lives in a small mountain town in Oregon, and is happiest when lost in a good book, lost in the woods, or writing her next novel.

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