Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 6 - Fall 2017 - Page 29

FEATURE AUTHOR Shelby Cain Raised in the Kootenays, Shelby Cain has been a Fernie resident for the past seven years. And if you ask her, she’ll tell you they’ve been the best seven so far. Shelby studied biology at the University of Alberta, but it was only when she had her first child that she considered writing. Not as a career, at first, but as a cathartic creative outlet. After a late-night Google session that included “How to write a book,” she wrote a draft of her first novel, Mountain Girl. Seven years, and many edits later, Mountain Girl found its way to the shelves of bookstores across Canada via Fernie publisher, Oolichan Books. With support from the abundantly talented Fernie arts community, and a cover designed and painted by Fernie artist Vanessa Croome, the process was beyond fulfilling. But why stop there? When Cain and two of her ‘soul sisters’ decided they needed a better excuse to get together they formed Wild Honey — a folk-roots trio — where Cain sings and writes songs. They play venues across British Columbia and Alberta, including Wapiti Music Festival in Fernie and the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. An EP is due out this fall. On November 3rd, Wild Honey will take to the stage at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, to accompany the incredible Cariboo Express ensemble led by Barney Bentall. Cain’s freelance writing has been published in national and international publications. She’s won several awards for her short stories in both fiction and non-fiction and is a regular contributor to Fernie Fix and Kootenay Living magazines. A second novel, another page-turning thriller, is currently in the works thanks in part to an Arts, Heritage and Culture grant from CBT and the CKCA. She hopes you’ll see it at a bookstore near you next year. 29