Formerly a confirmed Couch Potato, author Shelley Gillespie became a hiker due to her husband's "gentle prodding." The Gillespies have since hiked or walked on both US coasts and many other scenic locations. Now, she actually likes hiking! An award-winning journalist and public relations consultant, she lives in Arizona where hiking in the summer can sometimes be accomplished in an air-conditioned, two-story shopping mall or outside early in the morning before temperatures exceed 100+ degrees. She is currently senior staff writer for The Communicator/copanews.com, an independent local newspaper. Shelley Gillespie was part of the founding board of Friends of the Library when Maricopa incorporated and later served as president of the organization. She also co-produced the opening day events of Maricopa's Public Library in 2009. Gillespie has presented several book readings at the Maricopa Public Library, featuring Horton Hatches the Egg. Senior staff writer for The Communicator, she recently received a journalism award from the Arizona Newspapers Association.