Shelly Snow Pordea is author of The Tracing Time Trilogy, a story which spans three generations of women who find their way in the world while seeking to save themselves and those they love. A timely message for a planet faced with irreversible damage, Tracing Time explores the potential of learning from the past in order to save our future. This time-travel love story is simply a message of hope and light for humanity and the planet we share.
Her first children's book, The Hug Who Had No Arms, debuted on Amazon as a #1 bestseller in several categories. Inspired by a time when the world seemed to stop hugging, Shelly took to her love of drawing and storytelling to create a children's tale to help families express love through the strange practice of social distancing.
Shelly is a cult survivor using her voice through the power of storytelling in order to promote change. A victim of childhood sexual abuse, she reached out to church leaders as a teenager, only to be “handled” in a culture of shame and misogyny. Today, she advocates for survivors of spiritual, sexual, and institutional abuse with #igotout, and is writing a memoir about her experiences.
For nearly 15 years, Shelly lived abroad with her Eastern European husband and three children doing church and humanitarian work. Overseas, she was a volunteer, a classroom teacher, and an academic director for an international school. In 2013, she and her family of five moved to the US where she later began her writing career. She now works as a ghostwriter, blogger, author and screenwriting newbie, and is thrilled to become a grandmother in early 2022.