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Novelist, screenwriter, SPEAKER,AND
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. Tracing Time is currently in production development for movie adaptation.
Her first children's book, The Hug Who Had No Arms, debuted on Amazon as a #1 bestseller in several categories. Inspired by the pandemic, 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 as well as celebrating different ways to show our love.
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. As a screenwriter, a fictional adaptation of her personal story is currently in production collaboration with her brother and actor, Jon Snow.
Her upcoming novel is based on witnessing the American Midwest's view and treatment of women. Shelly draws from her experiences both in a cult setting and mainstream megachurch system to create the world and story of The Cheating Wife.
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Shelly speaks to groups, schools, and organizations about her experiences in the cult, getting out, and becoming an entrepreneur.
Shelly is a collaborator with igotout.org, a consortium of cult survivors supporting the #igotout movement.