Hi, I’m Shelly!

I’ve been a professional writer for more than 25 years. Upon graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, I worked in the newspaper biz for a decade . . . my nosy nature absolutely loved it! I met the most fascinating people. After my first baby, I decided I couldn’t head off to the newsroom and leave my sweet girl. SO . . . for the past 15 years, I’ve been a professional ghostwriter for ministries, non-profits and individuals.  I’ve captured the voice and passion of others in books, magazines, fund-raising letters, devotionals, radio and TV scripts, product development and more. Once again, I’ve met the most fascinating people!

What a privilege to tell the story of how God wrapped His arms of love around a little girl in Uganda who was orphaned and sold into slavery. How blessed I’ve been to share the good news of precious babies and their moms saved from the pain of abortion. Every broken family healed and hungry child fed through the kindness of strangers is reason to celebrate! After writing for many different agencies and hundreds of ministries that make a real difference for hurting people, I can tell you that God does amazing things through ordinary people just like you and me. Currently, I write for Focus on the Family and love it.

While writing is my trade, children are my passion. I’ve worked in children’s ministry since I was a teen myself. I perform for children as a clown and ventriloquist and love making children laugh and smile while teaching them spiritual truths. I must tell you, children are the most fascinating people of all! I’ve giggled til my sides hurt and cried my eyes dry with the most special boys and girls. Children truly are God’s greatest treasures. Thank you for sharing in my joys.

About The Author

Award-winning author Shelly Roark has been writing professionally for almost 30 years—from early years as a newspaper reporter to ghost writer for ministries and non-profits. Today, she is a senior copywriter for Focus on the Family. Her debut children’s picture book—The Bubble Who Would Not POP!—received four national awards, including Gold in IBPA’s 2018 Benjamin Franklin/Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children’s/YA) and the 2018 Silver Medal Illumination Book Award. Shelly’s second children’s book, Gracie Lou Wants a Zoo, released in the fall of 2019. Shelly and her husband Geoff live in Texas with their three teens.