Mateer, Shelly Mateer

What readers are saying about Shelly:

I have fought alongside the finest warriors on Earth, and I have seen with my own eyes what bravery is. You are a warrior and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You have all the right to make it about yourself. You’re not having a flu, you’re fighting a battle against the worst disease on Earth and you should talk about it and be proud that you’re not giving up. Let alone your past battle, the resistance and the resilience when you joined the company. You’re a warrior in reality, and a brave warrior in  my eyes. Remember, you’re a fighter – on both ends. Don’t give up, don’t back down, and don’t retreat.
— Mukhlis Mukhlis, Foreign Affairs Consultant
You give of yourself in your writing. You touch hearts. It’s a rare gift Shelly.
— David Kamioner, Writer, Contributor and Author of Prisoner of the Chattering Class
Your words have inspired so many of us! You are changing the world, with your words and wisdom… We need people like you to speak the truth and wake the rest of the world up.
— Brian Lapiene, Lineman
No holds barred, precisely the commentary I’ve heard from others in similar situations. Thank you for who you are and being a role model for others to include our 14 year old daughter. Much appreciated.
— Anonymous Reader
I will say it took courage to do what you did. Sort of like charging a machine gun nest. After the first step it’s too late to back out.
— Frank Boccia, Author of The Crouching Beast
Thank you so much for being brave enough to show the world this view. You have done society a service with your pen!
— Anonymous Reader


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About the Author:
Shelly Mateer is a former CIA officer. Since leaving the Agency, she spends her time writing books and stories influenced by her time working as an intelligence officer as well as various children’s books. Her first book, Single in the CIA, is a comical memoir of her life in the Directorate of Operations. Her series, Mingling in the CIA, takes readers into the lives of officers in America’s premier spy agency. Mission: Stand Down, is a true-to-life spy thriller – her most controversial book yet. Mommy Thinks She’s a Monster is a touching children’s picture book about moms and motherhood written from the perspective of a young child, who only wants their mommy to be present in their life. The Lemon Seed is a children’s picture book about thriving in adversity and flourishing, even in dismal circumstances and environments. A Manatee Miracle, the first in The Adventures of Shelly Beach elementary-grade chapter book series, takes young readers on adventures in the Florida Keys with a magical paddle boat. In A Hermit Crab’s Home, the second book in the series, readers discover hermit crabs, as they meet Herbie the Hermit Crab and Uncle Shrimpie, guided by a MerDog!

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Any parent of young children, or person who has spent substantial time with small children, will appreciate and relate to Shelly’s album Mommy’s Gone Mad!  Mommy’s Gone Mad! is on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Napster and more!  This comical children’s music album led to the release of more music singles.


Shelly is the creator of the BurpMitt® product line for baby and home as well as her own app, Cooking in the CIA. She has contributed to OpsLens Media,, American Greatness and Oceanographic Magazine. She has also ghostwritten for a few different publications like StartUps Magazine and ExpertHub. If you like Shelly’s writing, she now runs a boutique B2B copy writing business.



Shelly’s books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Kobo, iTunes Books, and Smashwords, and more – just ask your local bookstore!

A huge advocate of the freedom of speech – Visit Shelly’s Etsy shop here and learn more about US freedoms.

For excerpts from Shelly’s books, please visit the Blog page.

All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or views of the CIA or any other U.S. Government agency. Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying U.S. Government authentication of information or Agency endorsement of the author’s views. This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.

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