Hi, I am Shelby Wagner, author of the award-winning book, Learning to Dance  in the Rain - Surviving Grief, Internet Dating and Romance Scams.
Author, Shelby Wagner

I was born in an old-fashioned farmhouse in Northeast Arkansas, the same house in which my mother and most of her siblings were born.  I was raised in a Christian family and when I was nine, my mom, dad, brother and sister relocated to Pontiac, Michigan.

When I was going into the tenth grade we moved to Auburn Hills. MI, and I graduated from Avondale High School in 1959. In September I started my college education as a member of the Charter Class of Oakland University, Rochester, MI, and graduated with my class in April, 1963, with a BA is Elementary Education. I interned at Meadowbrook Elementary School teaching first grade but spent my first year of teaching in Oxford Community Schools. I returned to Meadowbrook Elementary in 1964 as a third grade and graduated to sixth grade three years later. I took a leave of absence in 1975 to raise my babies.

Having wanted to major in music, as a freshman, I earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University in 1987 and was hired again by the Oxford Schools to teach music in the grade schools from 1987-2000. I retired from there in January 2000 and moved to Tennessee. I also taught music and computers for the Montessori Schools in Waterford and Rochester Hills.

My music career began with private lessons in the early 1960’s and became church organist at Auburn Hills United Presbyterian Church in 1962 at 16 years of age. I have held that position and at times choir director at several churches in Oakland County, Michigan and in Tennessee where my husband and I retired in 2000.

While living in Tennessee as a public-school retiree, my husband, Bob, and I worked part-time at Dollywood before we started a website designer and development business. During my time, I played organ for Parrottsville United Methodist and Salem Evangelical Lutheran churches. Bob and I were instrumental in founding the Parrottsville Business Association and helped fund several college scholarships for those entering college for a business degree.

After Bob passed away, I moved back to Michigan to be close to my daughter and her family, and my son soon followed from North Carolina. After my mourning period I decided I would seek a special partner. Although I am still looking six years later, I think I have found the one I have been looking for.

My deceased husband and I raised our two children, and now I am enjoying being the grandmother of one growing grandson and I love being an award-winning published author.

Click on this link, read a sample of my book, buy it at Amazon.com, learn about romance scammers, why grieving is necessary, make a decision to move forward, and spread the word so that others will do the same. Issues discussed are grieving, relationships, how men and women are different, dating after fifty, and romance scams. Currently available in Kindle and Hard Cover. Paperback will follow soon and audiobook.


the front cover of the award-winning book, Learning to Dance in the Rain – Surviving Grief, Internet Dating and Romance Scams – Third Edition