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T. K. Sheffield

TK Sheffield writes the Backyard Model Mysteries featuring Mel Tower, a fashion model who retired to open a craft mall in her touristy small town.

Titles in this series include Model Suspect, Model Wave, and Model Ghost. The books have earned an RWA Excellence in Mystery award, a bronze medal for holiday mystery, a Top 100 Notable Indie award, a Royal Dragonfly and Chanticleer International Book Awards honors. Her romantic comedy screenplays and childrens holiday horse story have won a Chanticleer Book Awards First Place and wins or finalist selections in numerous family and holiday film festivals.

When not shes writing, TK enjoys the Wisconsin outdoors, either in her backyard or on a pontoon boat in the Northwoods.

I knew it was perfect the moment I saw it.   I love what I do.

After many years of other types of writing (press releases, articles, etc.), I finally am penning the mystery novels that have lurked in my subconscious since I first read Nancy Drew. So many authors inspire me: Nelson DeMille, Sue Grafton, Diane Mott DavidsonP.G. Wodehouse, Shakespeare, C.S. LewisGeorge Plimpton, Frank Deford … I’d better stop because I’m distracting myself by reading about them. There are many more current authors, too, I assure you, but the list reflects who has inspired me over time.

In addition to writing, I’m a college educator and over-50 model. I help students (mostly those who are returning to school) learn why critical thinking and writing are important for their careers. I also can indulge in my love of fashion and photography. I work with incredible people and share images that are fun, creative—and reflect that women over 50 with gray hair belong in the fashion and advertising conversation.

In the second photo, I’m with a favorite horse—that’s Bella, isn’t she beautiful? She’s a quarter horse, superb in all aspects, and she’s my favorite color—palomino! Nothing better on a crisp fall day than to take Bella for a trail ride.

If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about it while trotting along on Bella, enjoying the peaceful sights and sounds of the Kettle Moraine Forest.

Thanks for reading about me, T.K. Sheffield. I’ll share more as time goes by on the Bubbles & Fiber, Backyard Model Blog—including how the blog got its name!

Take care,