As a child, Kelly devoured books written by her favorite authors as fast as she could convince her mother to take her to the library when she wasn’t tormenting her younger brother. RL Stine, Stephen King, Anne Rice…any book was game. Somewhere in high school, she realized that she didn’t have to wait for the library—she could write her own stuff. But that didn’t last long as creative writing in high school gave way to the regurgitative stylings of academic writing in college as she pursued her BSBA. Having sacrificed her love of reading and creative writing during that time, it wasn’t until after she had graduated, secured a job in advertising, and met her future husband that she, once again, turned to books for enjoyment.
Only this time, something changed.
Maybe it was the captivity of collegiate classes. Maybe it was the heartbreak of growing up. Maybe it was something in the water.
But she was no longer content with just reading other people’s stories. She wanted to write her own. To hold a book that had her name on it. To boldly go where—
No, not quite, but she did grab her laptop, apologized to her husband, and started writing.
While still aiming for that elusive first novel, Kelly had her first short story Uninvited published in the summer of 2010 in the anthology Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets: An Anthology of Werewolf Tails by Pill Hill Press. Soon after, her second short story High Stakes was published in Pill Hill’s anthology Fem-Fangs (A Vampire Anthology) and a third short Never Raise a Zombie on the First Date in the October edition of the online journal Evolve.
With a day job in advertising, a part time job at a bookstore, a small photography business, a husband, three stepchildren and a virtual zoo at home, writing provides much needed downtime and entertainment—though all of the above really provide the writing material. How does she manage to do it all? Easy. Sleep is for wimps.