Shayla Raquel

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 400 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.

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