Sylvia Shults

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General Information

Name: Sylvia Shults

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Horror

Born: 1968 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Shults has lived in Illinois all her life. Born in Chicago and raised in LaGrange, she went to college in Monmouth then moved to Normal for grad school. She lived in Bloomington for a while, and worked at the Bloomington Public Library. When she met her future husband, she moved to Pekin, and has been there ever since. They got married New Year's Eve 1999. She has worked at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria since 1997.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sylvia Shults has worked as a librarian, Bookmobile driver, flower seller, dancer, and art model. She holds a Bachelor's degrees in Classics (Monmouth 1990), and a Master's in ancient Roman History (ISU 1992). Her hobbies include wild food foraging, baking, making wines and cordials, and gardening. She is hopelessly addicted to classical music and reading. Also a paranormal investigator, she writes both horror and romance, and is the first to admit that the line separating the two can be very fine indeed. She firmly believes that there is no such thing as too many projects, and is currently at work on her next novel. She lives in Illinois, practically right on the Illinois River, with her husband, two furry German shepherd daughters, two rotten cats, and far too many books.

Published Works

  • Golden Hours, Xlibris Corporation, 2000
  • Voices in an Empty Room: A Collection of Stories , iUniverse, 2001
  • Games of Venus, Xlibris Corporation, 2001
  • Dreamwatcher, Publishing , 2007
  • Trilogy No. 110: Timeless Embrace, Linden Bay Romance, 2007
  • Borrowed Flesh, Publishing , 2009
  • Ghosts of the Illinois River, Quixote Press , 2010
  • Price of Admission, Dark Continents , 2011
  • The Taming of the Werewolf, Dark Continents, 2011
  • The Dark at the Heart of the Diamond, Crossroad Press, 2012
  • Double Double Love and Trouble, Crossroad Press, 2013
  • Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, Crossroad Press, 2013
  • Hunting Demons, Whitechapel Productions, 2015
  • 44 Years in Darkness: A True Story of Madness, Tragedy, and Shattered Love, CreateSpace, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Golden Horus

ISBN: 0738839647
Release Date: 2000-12-27

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Voices in an Empty Room: A Collection of Stories

ISBN: 0595210384
Release Date: 2001-12-11

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Games of Venus

ISBN: 073884070X
Release Date: 2001-02-13

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ISBN: 160076035X
Release Date: 2007-07-15

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Taming of the Werewolf

ISBN: 0983160376
Release Date: 2011-04-28

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Literary Awards

Timeless Embrace

  • USA Book News Finalist - Best Romance Novel

The Dreamwatcher

  • USA Book News Finalist - Best Horror Novel

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

The author prefers to stay in central Illinois, but will consider going farther afield.

External Links

Sylvia Shults on WorldCat


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