About Shelley


Shelley Porter is descended on one side from a long line of storytellers (teachers, Baptist preachers, financial advisors)  and on the other from keen observers of the natural and human environments (farmers, craftsmen, infantry snipers).

Shelley has been making stories since before she could write, drawing long tales of trouble, trial, and triumph on pads or even scraps of paper at every opportunity. Realizing early on that her lack of drawing ability precluded her ever being able to share her observations via art, she turned to making pictures with words.

Shelley has an MSc. in Biology from Acadia University, where she learned to see The Big Picture, and cultivated a love of photography. She has worked as an instructor, science project coordinator, and biology field technician for a variety of non-governmental organizations. She has been a bus tour guide for DRL Vacations, a Ride Leader and Cycling Ambassador for Velo Cape Breton, and an independent walking tour guide and expert wildlife lecturer at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Shelley lives in Kings County, to which she returned after a long time away, and looks up to the hills from whence cometh, if not help, at least inspiration. She has been a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia since 1994, and a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada since 2016.

For more information, see her LinkedIn profile here: