About Shay


This is me showing off my moves playing the Michael Jackson game on the Playstation

Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen (fund raiser), Ancient New (fantasy, steampunk, etc), and Horror in Bloom.

Shay is what you would call a nerd. Some call her geek but it really all means the same thing. Her passion for all things science is matched by her love for all things fantastical and magical…and tough guy movies. She would love to say she likes long walks on the beach but she’d be lying. Hiking through pine and aspen forests is more her style.

Her exuberance about her favorite subjects or good news often results in a high pitched noise that only teens at a Justin Bieber concert can hear and emulate. The technical word for this is squeee and is usually perfectly safe although some have complained about damage to their eardrum. This will usually clear up in a day or so.

10 Comments on “About Shay”

  1. albertarberta ross July 23, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Hi – can’t find email address to send details of book tour – you very kindly said you would host me (September 19th – Oct 10th) should I post them here or send somewhere else – so far dates are free so depending on your schedule you have a pick – is there anything you want me to do in particular – am on rossalberta44@yahoo.co.uk or ross.alberta7@gmail.com – thanks

  2. Thomas McAuley September 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Hey…thanks for the chaps/sombrero drive-by. It helped. *scratches head*.
    I looked up your bio, needing to know the sort who’d do such a thing and was pleased and amazed to find that you, too, were born in Longmont, CO. However that’s not the scary part. Dr. Phile was my delivering physician and he also wore chaps and a sombrero during the procedure. Terrific coincidence.

    • shayfabbro September 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      LOL I figured I would do my part to “help” with the editing process ;)

      Most people don’t even know where Longmont IS! How cool is that??!!?? So me wearing my outfit of choice really brought back some memories, eh? ;)

  3. Madison Woods October 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Good to meet you, Shay :) I’m looking forward to hosting you on the 22. Whereas you actually *live* in CO, my soon-to-be-husband and I have always *wanted* to live there. We’ll be near Pagosa Springs in January, but I have a feeling it’ll be a bad time to look at property, lol. Thanks for the follow!

    • shayfabbro October 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

      I am so glad to meet you too! *HUGS* We have so much in common (love of the scifi/fantasy and the outdoors). I am so lucky to live where I do. Although it’s tough financially, we can’t imagine living anywhere else. :D I am actually working on the guest post right now, just to keep ahead of myself ;)

  4. Jeff Lee March 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi, Shay –

    LOL (with extreme prejudice) regarding your afraid of spiders blog. I remember reading it on Facebook, laughed my hindquarters off and just came back for a second helping.

    If you’re interested, I have an entire chapter in my book, THE LADIES TEMPERANCE CLUB’S FAREWELL TOUR, devoted to a hysterical run-in with an artificial Goliath Bird Eating Spider, an eczematic restaurant manager and a teenage server dressed like Indiana Jones in a C-cup, in a jungle-themed eaterie attached to a large outlet center. The book itself reads a lot like the movie Thelma and Louise – well maybe if they were tear-assing down the highway with Lucy and Ethel along for the ride.

    Here’s the pitch for the book: “Vonda Mae Ables could never hurt a soul. Now she’s on the lam in a huge RV, with her best friends, gallons of Chardonnay and a stiff in the freezer.

    Vonda has suffered her alcoholic boyfriend’s abuse for twenty years. But when she finally stands up for herself, she overdoes it and crushes his skull with a football trophy. Rather than turn herself in, she enlists her friends to help ditch the body. They stash the boyfriend in the freezer of his humongous RV and take off for Arizona, planning a quiet desert burial. Unfortunately, the plan goes more sideways with every mile. Vonda finally finds a likely place to plant the dead SOB, but now he’s frozen solid and stuck in the freezer. Exhausted from their day of digging and unsuccessfully trying to extricate him, the women stop at a local cafe. While they’re drinking dinner, a gang of Harley-riding repo guys makes off with the RV and a Good Samaritan reports the theft.

    Vonda panics when the police arrive to investigate, knowing that if the cops recover the RV and discover what’s in the freezer, she might have to turn that old trophy on herself.”

    The book is available on Amazon and if you’d like to review it or interview me, I’d be happy to send you an e-copy. (My publisher – Pfoxmoor – is going to be releasing its sequel, HAIR OF THE DOG, on Thursday 3/15. It’s a comic caper/mystery about hot diamonds, cool little lap dogs, a starlet with a heart of ice and a mountain of a hit man, who wears black Armani and talks like Marilyn Monroe. Picture the love child of a hookup between Get Shorty and The Big Lebowski. It’s also available for review.)

    Just holler if you’re interested.

    Thanks.

    -Jeff Lee

    • shayfabbro March 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Sounds great! I have a Kindle :D

      Once I read the book, I’ll put together some interview questions :D

      I’ll need to know a few things: 1) what state/city do you live in 2) something quirky about yourself 3) fav music 4) fav movie

  5. Jackie Jones September 16, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Love your blog and really appreciative of you taking the time to follow mine :). Enjoy the rest of your weekend Shay :).

    • shayfabbro September 16, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      It was lovely sharing our love of spiders ;) LOL

  6. F. Gaines December 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi, Dr. West. I’m a high school student and was wondering if I could talk to you about doing a literacy research paper. I’d love it if we could meet – please email me at icerose05@live.com

    Thanks!

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