Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Before all that, she wore a series of polyester uniforms in service to Der Wienerschnitzel, H Salt Seafood Galley and Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Copy Boy is her first novel. Her second, Trophies, will be published by She Writes Press in Fall 2021. She and her husband live in Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state sons whom they miss too too much.