Shelly Mazzanoble is the author of Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game and Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons: One Woman’s Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help, (she loves a good, hearty subtitle), both published by Wizards of the Coast. Additionally, she co-hosts the official Dungeons & Dragons podcast, Dragon Talk.
She has exploited her son’s trials and tribulations (and will continue to do so until he fully understands the word “litigation”) in exchange for great exposure on popular Mom-centric, parenting, and women’s humor sites such as Scary Mommy, Blunt Moms, In the Powder Room, Tribe, and Pregnant Chicken. Her essays have been featured by the TODAY Show and TODAY Parent editors and syndicated on BlogHer . One of her proudest accomplishments was finding a way to combine her two biggest loves-- The Bachelor and doling out unsolicited advice for the popular column Mother Rose Best, a weekly recap for (the now defunct, not her fault) In the Powder Room.
She was a cast member in Seattle’s Listen to Your Mother show, has published short stories and additional essays in publications like Carve, Whetstone, and The Seattle Times, had plays produced in Manhattan and Seattle (one time with herself as the lead because nepotism, hello) and was once “the lady sawed in half” in a small-town magic show. She’s still not sure how they did it.
She lives in Seattle with her husband, son, cat, dog, and sometimes foster dogs. Visit her at shellymazzanoble.com.