Meet uWaterloo English alumna Shelly Sanders

Shelly Sanders’ first novel—Rachel’s Secret—was published in April, 2012 by Second Story Press. Inspired by her grandmother’s escape from a Russian pogrom, the book has received critical praise including a starred review in Booklist, and it was iTunes Book of the Week May 4 to 12. Rachel’s Secret is in its third printing and the sequel will be published in the fall.


Shelly has worked as a freelance writer for almost 20 years, with articles in Canadian Living, Maclean’sReader’s Digest, the Toronto Star, and Homemaker’s. Topics she’s covered include mental and physical disorders, environmentally-friendly design, and real estate trends. A University of Waterloo graduate with an Honours degree in English, and a Ryerson graduate with a degree in journalism, Shelly is now concentrating on fiction, and has recently completed a certificate in creative writing through the University of Toronto.


Raised in Illinois, Shelly lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband, three children, two dogs and two lizards. More information about Shelly can be found at You can also connect with Shelly on Twitter: @shelly_sanders.


One response to “Meet uWaterloo English alumna Shelly Sanders

  1. Sounds like an interesting novel!

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