Shelby Parris is an 8x author (6 physical/digital, 2 albooks), speaker, book-publishing coach, and graphic designer. Not only writing and publishing his own, within three years (21-24) he's taught, co-authored and contributed on over new 300 author's books. Along with his publishing service he's created his iTrapBooks brand/merch with the mission being "Changing the narrative of trap". Encouraging young men to read and write and not limit themselves to music and sports, has spoken on over twenty panels and keynote events on the subjects of rewiring the subconscious, financial literacy, small business, men's mental health, and youth mental health. Shelby is also the owner of Garden Apparel clothing, founder of the MenTell men's support group, and a majority contributor to the Any Giving Day foundation. He has been featured on outlets such as NBC, CBS, and FOX.
During his undergraduate years Shelby attended Brevard College of North Carolina where he led as the co-captain of the men's basketball team. Shelby also received the DII player of the week award and was 2nd in scoring and steals for the Tornados. Shelby also was one of twenty-six selected for the 2017 USA Select basketball program to play across 21 countries throughout Europe. Off the court Shelby restarted the campus’s Black Student Union and won the college’s Rising Star (Leadership) Award (2017).
I began my writing career September of 2017 during my last year of college. I knew after the six months of hell turning into the start of the best year of my life, I had information I couldn't hold to myself. I honestly never had intentions on writing a book. I mean come on, I was 21, just had an amazing rebirth to my basketball career, and just received two pro contracts, but something told me go back for my last year of school. The inspiration for my first book came from Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. I wanted to have that dialogue with God like he did. It never happened- at least in that form. I had another form! I always tell people I didn't write my books; I was just the vessel for the information. Lo and behold, one turned into a second months later, third and fourth a year later then six by 24 along with ghost writing, co-authoring, and contributing to over 300 authors in only four years. My teachers always told me I had a skill with words but never saw this coming. Anyway, yup, that's how my writing career started. And after my years studying psychology and being such a stickler for details, I wanted to create a class that gave aspiring authors every piece of information they need and more to show them how simple this all really is.