April 23, 2016

Last fall came and went and, unfortunately, I didn't release 'AILANA. Going back to school, a sudden move from LA to the Bay Area, and a new job have all eaten away at any time or energy I've had to really be creative. I likely won't be able to release it by the end of this year either, sadly. But you can read the first three chapters HERE. (Synopsis and other info about 'AILANA can be found in my last update below...)


February 26, 2015

In August 2012 my brother and I teamed up to create a pitch for an epic Hawaiian adventure movie. While coming up with ideas, I looked at these stickers on my laptop and was inspired by the blank space between Kaua’i and O’ahu in the Hawaiian archipelago.

“What if there used to be another island there?” I thought. This combined with the idea of a teenage boy teaming up with spirits and gods to defeat evil is what came out of it.

We pitched our idea, which unfortunately went nowhere, so I decided to change up some of the ideas and write a novel called ‘AILANA instead. Here’s a rough description:

When seventeen-year-old ‘AILANA begins having visions of spirits warning her of an impending evil, she discovers that the world of the good spirit is threatened, and that the fate of the Hawaiian Islands rests on her shoulders. Teaming up with the spirits and legends from the ghost stories told to her by the fire as a child, she sets out on an epic adventure to defeat evil, and to understand the special ability she holds that has been handed down to her by her dead mother.

Keep an eye out for 'AILANA this fall!

December 13, 2013

My new novel is here!

POST CRASH is the first book in The Finneus Winch Trilogy, a middle grade adventure!

Purchase a paperback or Kindle version HERE

Nook version HERE

Or you can purchase a signed copy directly from me (AND GET A BONUS TINY NINJA!) by emailing me at bethany@bethanyshady.com ($11 book + $7 shipping = $18 total)

POST CRASH: Finneus Winch Book One

After his father's Royal Air Force plane is shot down, eleven-year-old Finneus Winch is sent to stay with his grandparents in the quiet town of Pickridge. But when a small Royal Mail airplane crashes in his grandparents' backyard, Finn finds that Pickridge is far from boring. With the pilot nowhere to be found, Finn snatches a bag of post from the cargo hold just before the plane disappears. Finn sets off to deliver the post to the unusual residents of Pickridge, and along the way discovers that each letter contains a clue, and he's being sent on a secret mission.

$10.99 print/$2.99 Kindle & Nook/$18 signed copy (includes shipping)

Middle Grade Fiction/Ages 8 & up


June 21, 2013

In March of this year I officially became a full time Tiny Ninja Hider.

That's right, I'm the one leaving all of those Tiny Ninjas around the world and Tweeting about it with the hashtag #TinyNinjaHider.

I've even got Tiny Ninja Hider apprentices out there, hiding Tiny Ninjas as well. Bathrooms, airplanes, grocery stores, hotel rooms, restaurants, spas. They're everywhere!

So, keep an eye out. You just might find one yourself!

For the Tiny Ninja back story, and to find out how to get your own Tiny Ninja, read this FB post.

February 10, 2013

In my creative writing class during my freshman year of high school our teacher gave us an assignment to take a well-known tale and turn it on its head.

I chose the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and decided to make the giant the good guy and Jack the bad guy.

I thought that it was apt to post it today :)

Here it is:

Jack and His Meanstreak PAGE 1

Jack and His Meanstreak PAGE 2

Jack and His Meanstreak PAGE 3

January 25, 2013

In 1986/87 I was in first grade at Lowell Elementary in Milwaukee where I had the greatest teacher a kid (who wanted to be a writer) could've asked for, Mrs. Seider.

Mrs. Seider encouraged us to write and read as much as possible, even though we were all just six years old. She had us write short stories and then she'd "publish" them by typing them up and putting them together with cardboard, old scraps of wallpaper, and colored sticky tape.

The little reading nook in the corner of our classroom soon became known as "the library," and its shelves were filled with the books and stories of every kid in our class. Each book had an old school library card on its inside cover where you would write your name if you wanted to "check it out."

I still have about ten of the books from then, and I posted a few of them on my Facebook page HERE.

I can't thank Mrs. Seider enough for being such a creative and fantastic teacher/person, and for igniting the spark that was already inside of me.


June 17, 2012

I've just finished a new short story!

Check out "Trapped", a story about the only guy in New York who loved 9/11.

Read it here: TRAPPED

Photo: Christmas 1986. My first typewriter. Where it all began.

March 13, 2012

Two years ago in Hawaii I apprehensively attended a Zumba class with a friend, worried that I was going to look out of place. I quickly realized that everyone in the class felt the same way and we just enjoyed the super fun workout instead of worrying about it.

While living in Vancouver for the last six months I took a class with an amazing instructor named Inna who actually inspired me to become an intructor myself. I've been practicing, memorizing dance moves to about 40 different songs and tomorrow I am attending my instructor training with the creator of Zumba himself, Beto Perez.

I am SO happy to have found something so fun that I am so passionate about, as well as something that helps me be fit! After tomorrow I will be an official Zumba instructor. I can't wait to teach!

"Ditch the workout, join the party!" - Zumba Fitness

December 26, 2011

From the people who brought you Geronimo Jack's Beard: A LOST Podcast, comes DIEGO'S SOUL PATCH: An Alcatraz Podcast!

Check out the teaser podcast that we recorded on Christmas day HERE.

ALCATRAZ premieres on Monday, January 16th at 8/7c on FOX. Our first full-length podcast will be available on iTunes on January 17th.

August 4, 2011

We made it to Vancouver!

April 29, 2011

My first novel, The Interview, is officially completed and published! Check it out HERE or by clicking the cover image. Ahhhh, time to relax...oh wait, I have eight more novels to finish.

Thanks for everyone's support, especially my love, Jorge, to whom I dedicated this book.

November 22, 2010

For about a year and a half now I've been working on a novel called 64 Building about life on Alcatraz. I lived in San Francisco/Marin County for five years and completely fell in love with the area, as well as the history of the prison. I've done more research for this book than anything else I've written.

This weekend Jorge got the call letting him know that he's been cast in JJ Abrams's new show called ALCATRAZ and he'll be playing an Alcatraz expert.

Kismet? Yep.


September 1, 2010

My new children's book, I Beg Your Pardon: The Tale of Jerky Turkey, is now available.

Purchase it HERE.

Co-written with my brother, Justin Shady, and illustrated by our good friend Marla Campbell, I Beg Your Pardon is the tale of Sage, a turkey who feels his sole purpose is to make life difficult for all the other turkeys on the farm. However, one day he comes beak to beak with his own mortality as he finds out about the dreaded holiday, Thanksgiving!

August 24, 2010

Check out the final Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast HERE.

This is our final farewell to LOST and our season 6 podcast. It's hard to say goodbye to our LOST life. We were very blessed to have been part of such a wonderful family in such a beautiful place.

Mahalo nui loa, LOST and Hawaii. We miss you!

August 19, 2010

Check out the LOST Auction at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica this Saturday where I'll be a judge in the costume contest!

And keep an ear out on August 24th for the final Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast!

June 29, 2010

Currently Reading: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by GK Chesterton

176 pages long, 65 pages in, so far a great read.

Its mysterious beginning takes place in a unique London suburb where two anarchists both meet their match.

Chesterton's writing is heavily Christian influenced (something I have no connection to at all) but it is clever, witty and wonderfully descriptive.

Check it out.

May 31, 2010

My children's book, Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button, is finally available!

Purchase it HERE

For those who pre-ordered the book through Amazon several months ago, those orders will not be filled due to the book changing publishers. You will not be charged for those orders. The book is available only on Lulu.

Thank you for all your support!


May 15, 2010

Two weeks left in Hawaii. I haven't had a moment to sit, let alone write. We've been spending pretty much every waking moment packing up the house and getting ready for the move to Los Angeles.

I promise to have part two of "I Pledge Allegiance" up in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out the lastest Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast for LOST episode #615, as well as behind the scenes pics, HERE.

Also, I was interviewed by a cool little website called Imagiverse!

April 20, 2010

As the end of our adventure in Hawaii nears, I find myself escaping the madness of the move with a new middle-grade novel titled, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey.

After plucking it randomly from the disheveled shelves of our local bookshop and beginning the first chapter, I realized that this was actually the second in a series of three books.

Luckily, it wasn't necessary to read the first book in order to understand the story of this one. So far it's a fun tale about a group of children who are lucky enough to be able to go on thrilling adventures instead of going to school.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be anywhere other than school. Many times I would skip out midday, hop the city bus to the airport and sit at the gates (back before 9/11 when you could actually get past security without a ticket) and pretend that I was leaving for some grand adventure in Cairo or Moscow or even just Colorado!

My imagination kept me relaxed. And that's what this book is doing for me right now, during a time when everything that we've known for years is coming to a close and we have no idea what our near future will bring. I can just turn the page and pretend that I'm a part of The Mysterious Benedict Society on a scavenger hunt across the globe.



March 28, 2010

Last week we ventured into the world of "Dining in the Dark" at Formaggio Grill. We were blindfolded, carefully escorted to our seats, and then served a five course meal, each course paired with a different wine.

Knife and Fork? Useless. It's difficult to cut and scoop things on your plate when you don't know where they are on your plate.

It's a good thing we did a thorough hand-washing before we got started.




March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's day! Our new Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast for LOST episode #608 "Recon" is now up! Click HERE to listen.

And HERE is a link to watch Jorge's Irish Foot Jig from when we were in Ireland two summers ago.

Here is a pic of me as an Ajira survivor right after I died in last night's episode.




March 10, 2010

Our new Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast for LOST episode #607 "Dr. Linus" with special guest, Michael Emerson, is now up! Click HERE to listen.

Slowly making my way through "Goblet of Fire" for the second time. Trying to read all of the "Potters" again before the first "Deathly Hallows" film comes out. I love Harry Potter.

Here's a pic of me when I "died" last month and fell into the grave that Ilana made Ben dig for himself on LOST last night.




March 6, 2010

Aloha from the island of Kauai!

Check out the latest GJB podcast for LOST episode "Sundown" HERE.

Just finished an article for CCN Magazine about Jorge which will be up in April!

And here's a picture I took of him last week in Lanikai.




February 25, 2010

It's a beautiful day here in Hawaii!

Check out the new GJB Podcast for LOST episode #605 “The Lighthouse.” It's a creeeeepy good time.

A taste of what I'm listening to today while I write:

It Ain't Me Babe – The Turtles
Cock Mobster – MC Paul Barman
Time Is On My Side – The Rolling Stones
Stonehenge – Spinal Tap
Praise You – Fatboy Slim
Go All The Way – The Raspberries
Tahitian Moon – Porno For Pyros
Domino – Van Morrison
Hey Mambo – Rosemary Clooney
History Repeating – Propellerheads





February 16th, 2010

Another day, another LOST episode, another Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast.

New podcast! New beards!

Be sure to upload our newest podcast for episode #604 HERE tomorrow morning.

Got some nice press for "Matilda Turnip" from "Columbus Monthly" magazine. Check out the article HERE.

Writing wise: I'm currently writing an article for Hawaii Magazine on the cast of LOST's final months on the island. Also, I am slowly getting back into working on my novel. For the past few weeks I had been stuck in the quagmire that is writer's block, but I'm now feeling like I'm ready to tackle Chapter 7.