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Shelly is a mother, educator, and lifetime nerd.


Dr. Michelle M. Oyola, is the author of The Broken Series under her pen name—Shelly X. Leonn. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Shelly worked at her hometown newspaper in Washington, MO, as the web and youth editor. During her time advising the youth staff, Shelly realized her true calling was to teaching. She applied and was accepted to Teach For America St. Louis as a member of the 2008 corps.


My characters have taken up permanent residence inside my head, and I can't get them out.

- Shelly X. Leonn


Her nine years in St. Louis City education have been spent in middle school and high school language arts classrooms as well as in mid-level administration. She is also an adjunct professor and a member of the St. Louis Writers Guild. She and her two boys reside in Affton, and she enjoys reading, writing, outdoor activities, anime, video games, and other dorky pastimes.

She is represented by Stephanie Hansen at Metamorphosis Literary Agency. Her debut novel will be published through Owl Hollow Press.

Shelly also offers nonfiction and dissertation editing services. Contact here to make a request.


The Ghost and the wolf: Book I of The Broken Series

Releases September 24.

Student reporter Penelope needs to prove herself. She chases a story tip on a secret organization of teenage urban explorers called The Broken. With the assistance of a young paranormal investigator, she begins to uncover the group’s darkest secrets.

However, the members have other plans for Penelope and her new “freak” friend. The reporter becomes part of her story, and she will have to fight for her own life and the lives of her friends as she learns what it means to be one of The Broken.

View Teacher’s Guide here.


Children in the Cage: Book II of The Broken Series



Shadows of the Last Fire: Book III of The Broken Series



Featured Works


The Nefarious Nine

Together, the three of them form the most powerful paranormal coven in the Midwest, and they aren’t even out of high school.

In progress and shipping to publishers soon.


Demon Summoning and Stargazing

Stories of Change- Volume 2
By Connected Learning

Purchase from Lulu.com.


Upcoming Works

The Mage’s Apprentice From Port & Key Publishing

Cabinet of Curiosities Anthology By Owl Hollow Press

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