Shellie Neumeier is a YA author who participated in the MG/YA blogathon last September. Here's a link to my interview about her book, Driven, back then.
Today, on her blog, she posts important information on Nenets shrines, totems, and asking for help from the heavens. In other words, a major plot point in Midnight Oil.
Married for almost 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful children and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.
Today she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she enjoys reading a classic tale or new suspense. In addition to writing fiction, Shellie is an avid blogger on her site http://shellieneumeier.com/ and several others including http://samiesisters.com/ , http://www.suite101.com/, and http://thebarndoor.net/.