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 fairy 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 making something out of nothing.

Now, I share my home with my husband, two editor cats, and an itty bitty dog named Diesel, who all tolerate my days—and sometimes weeks—spent locked away in my writing palace where my characters dance around inside my head telling their stories.

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


Shea Ernshaw is a NYT bestselling author and winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award. Her books have been published in over eleven countries/languages and her debut novel, THE WICKED DEEP was an Indie Next Pick and has been acquired by Netflix for film adaptation. For publicity questions, please see the ‘Get In Touch’ page.