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Since 10-year-old Shirley loved the thrilling adventure of reading, she decided to write a book of her own. After a week of putting pencil to paper, she finally wrote, "The End" at the bottom of the 25th page. Her first novel was about two orphan girls who ran away from the orphanage in a storm, battling the elements until they finally reached a couple who had no children and took the girls in to make a loving family.
Shirley is the fourth child in her oddly loving original family of 6 girls and 2 boys. After marrying tall dark and handsome Bob Bahlmann, they welcomed 6 sons over the span of 20 years.
A prolific author, Shirley's eclectic talents have produced historical fiction, paranormal, biographies, how-to and how-not-to books. Her attempt at writing romance novels morphed into adventures. She also self-published, "Holy Cow, the Udderly Astonishing Power of Dairy in your Diet!" and the fun children's book, "When the Chicken Crossed the Road," which comes with a tan washcloth so you can roll your own chicken.
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MORE ABOUT SHIRLEY, MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW!
I didn't think writing my first novel at 10 years old was anything extraordinary until I had my own 10-year-olds, and realized that writing a 25-page novel longhand just for fun was weird.
After serving as editor of the school newspaper in 6th grade, my family moved from a quiet New Jersey suburb across the Delaware River from Philadelphia to wild and woolly Utah. Twelve years old and six feet tall (when I teased my hair) I was mistaken for a substitute teacher.
In high school I learned to type on the newspaper staff, edited the "Write" magazine, and had my first work published (a poem) which was selected for a national anthology of high school student authors.
In college, I told the Miss Snow College judges I'd be a published author. They believed me, awarded me the crown, and my family applauded for the scholarship that went with it. Using a second scholarship as editor of the college newspaper, I boogied down with the jazz band on tenor sax. I married tall, melty-brown-eyed Bob Bahlmann the day before graduation.
My stacks of journals, stories, and plays prove I've been writing all my life, but I finally got past the fear and published, "Against All Odds" with Cedar Fort when I was 41. I've published over 20 books in various genres since then, taught writing classes to children and adults, and started a writing conference in Ephraim, Utah that I chaired for 6 years before moving to sunny southern Utah.
I find my best writing success when I'm impatient for the writing muse. I just start writing, and she comes to look over my shoulder.