Shelby Beckett was born Barbara Pamplin, in Akron, Ohio. She began writing poetry in grammar school and finished her first novel (illustrated by a friend and still unpublished!) at the age of ten. Shelby attended the University of Akron, where she received a B.A. in Latin and Greek, followed by a degree in archaeology from the University of Cincinnati. Although she did not put any of those studies to professional use (except for teaching Latin for several years), they did inspire in her an attraction to the romance of the past and the mythology of ancient times. She drew on some of this information while writing her novel about life between this world and the next, "Between."
Shelby has lived in more than twelve locations in the United States, including Albuquerque, the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Central Florida, and Las Vegas. She has, during her life's journey, been a farm wife in the Oklahoma panhandle and a secretary at the University of Florida; co-owned an advertising and printing business, a stained glass studio, and a therapeutic massage business; taught piano lessons; and presented adult educationclasses in ESP development.
Throughout the years of engaging in these varied occupations (which helped to pay the bills), she has also been a Transformational Therapist, doing work that inspired her spiritual self-help book, How to Transform Your Life: Six Steps to Lasting Happiness, published under the name of Barbara Goosen Shelby. A revised and updated version of this book is presently in process.
In 2006 Shelby published two small books, "What You Believe is What You Receive," and "How to Live Happily Ever After," (a short guide for relationships). She continues to write and to work as a spiritual conselor.
Shelby and her husband, Pete Beckett, make their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. When she isn’t writing or working with clients, she enjoys reading, cooking and ballroom dancing.
Life is a journey, not a destination. We all need help, and being of service to each other is one of our most important accomplishments.