Shell Short is a Los Angeles based writer. Originally from the east coast, Short was born in New Jersey, raised in Pennsylvania and attended college in New York. In July of 2002, Short enlisted in the United States Army Reserve where she learned to swear like a truck driver because she was one. In August of 2004 she deployed to Iraq to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom for 14 months. After her tour of duty in Iraq, Short decided to relocate to Los Angeles, CA instead of returning to school in New York City, because, well, she just survived a damn war and will do what ever she wants.
In addition to hauling fuel tankers for Uncle Sam, Short has also waited tables in several restaurants, cataloged books in a library and worked as an extra and production assistant on countless films and television shows. Her favorite authors and influences include David Sedaris, Chuck Klosterman, Chuck Palahniuk, Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler.
When she isn’t reading or writing, you can catch Short taking in local live music in and around Los Angeles, or hanging out at her local American Legion post where she is an active member. Short lives in the San Fernando Valley with her sassy calico, Chloe.