By Eyesenia Reyes

Riverview resident, Naya Shelton is a 15-year-old Christian home-school student whose passion has always been to write. Her interest began when she was nine-years-old. Once the young teen sets her mind on an idea that she is passionate about, she never gives up. Shelton continued to pursue her dream. “Just don’t give up,” she said. Eventually, she self-published her first book on December 4, 2012.

Shelton has completed 17 books. She has edited and created book covers and self published all of her books. In one week, she finished Bridge to Cailai: Book One.  As of now, she is working on two new books. “I write all the time,” she declared. “I will never stop writing.” When asked, she said that her family and friends were her biggest supporters. Her mother is a writer too. Shelton began writing even before she knew about her mother’s writing skills. It wasn’t until later that she found out they shared the same talent.

Both ladies typically focus on fiction, however, Shelton also writes about Christianity and Fantasy. Most of her novels are based off of her dreams, personal life and the influence around her. Her books could be found on Amazon, Kindle and Goodreads. She also offers multiple free-book days for Kindles. Recently, for six days in a row, readers could get The Dating Dare for free. Shelton’s skills aren’t just limited to her novels. In the future, Shelton plans on being a publisher as well. One of her websites,, teaches aspiring writers how to self-publish their work. There is a $30 fee and it gives you a step-by-step instruction on what to do. At the end of the course, you will be e-mailed a certificate. “Self-publishing is the way to go,” Shelton remarked.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.