Author Archives: Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

About Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is a Tennessee-born, Massachusetts-based writer. Her debut novel HOLDING ON TO NOTHING won the IPPY Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the South and was a SIBA Okra Pick. Her short fiction has been published in Broad River Review and Barren Magazine, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and Dead Darlings. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Grub Street’s Novel Incubator.

Baby vs. Book

Do I actually want another baby? Or am I just so full of fear over the prospective publication of my debut novel that I want the purity of focus that caring for a newborn affords?  I love babies. Always have….

Loveys of Procrastination

Back when my children were babies, they got to an age where people suggested a “lovey,” a transitional object, meant to give the little guys something to snuggle with that isn’t my husband, me, or more accurately, my boobs. Often,…