Bio

An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients.

Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books.

She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and The Suicide Tree. In her not-so-free time, she acts as organizer for the Yukon Writers’ Society, volunteers at the Oklahoma County Jail, and obsesses over squirrels. She lives in Oklahoma with her dogs, Chanel, Wednesday, and Baker.


5 Fun Facts about Shayla

  1. Living in Oklahoma since birth, she has experienced many frightful events, such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, the May 3, 1999 EF-5 tornado (world’s deadliest tornado), and the May 20, 2013 EF-5 tornado.

  2. She started writing The Suicide Tree in Pensacola Beach, Florida at a coffee shop called the Drowsy Poet, which is featured in the novel.

  3. She has eaten raw oysters, caviar, alligator, octopus, escargot, and calf fries. But her favorite meal is chicken fried steak smothered in gravy.

  4. A fireplace once exploded on her and gave her second-degree burns, which is why you’ll see that lovely little red scar on her left cheek.

  5. Her lifelong dream is to own a two-story private library full of rare and first-edition books.



Blurb for The Suicide Tree

A washed-up hacker. Two hated scientists. And offbeat alter personalities.

Knox Kevel receives the job of a lifetime when a mysterious man gets his charges dropped for cybercrime and hires him for an international job. His infamous parents, who created a cure for the Raven Virus, are dead and gone, but their decision to keep NovaVita from the world has taken a toll on Knox. 

Swayed by quick money, Knox flies to Italy with his eccentric employer, Arlo Jenson. Knox must find the woman who experimented on Arlo and triggered his unpredictable personality shifts. But tension heightens when Knox discovers that Arlo knew his parents.

As the adventure unfolds, Knox falls for Arlo’s niece and finds himself in an even bigger mess when he comes face-to-face with the person responsible for his misfortune.


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