Shelley Peterson


Shelley Peterson is the best-selling author of six published young adult novels: Dancer, Abby Malone, Stagestruck, Sundancer, Mystery at Saddle Creek, and Dark Days at Saddle Creek. Her latest novel, Jockey Girl, the story of a sixteen-year-old girl and a horse that had been deemed too dangerous to ride who together win the Queen’s Plate horse race, is forthcoming from Dundurn in 2015.

She was trained as an actress, and has over one hundred acting credits to her name, including stage, television, and film. She now owns and operates Fox Ridge, a boarding stable and small breeding operation.

As well as being the mother of three accomplished children and grandmother to two boys, a businesswoman, horse breeder, actress and author, Shelley has long been active in the communities of Toronto and Caledon. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Recently, she was honoured by the Headwaters Arts with the Shelley Peterson Literary Scholarship.

She has assisted the United Way, Family Transition Place, The Cancer Society, Children’s Help-line, and Journalists for Human Rights — among many others in the performing and literary arts.

Photo credit: Tim Leyes