Kelly McClymer


Kelly McClymer fell in love with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White as a child. Her most prized possession is her copy of The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm. These are the stories which gripped our ancestors as they huddled around the fire at night, which taught countless children to persevere through hardship and succeed against the odds. Her favorite fairytale remains "The Six Swans" -- where a young sister must not speak a word for six years in order to save her brothers from their stepmother's evil spell.

...In addition to her historical romance series, Once Upon a Wedding, Kelly also has five YA novels out with Simon & Schuster, including the Salem Witch Tryouts series featuring teen cheerleading witch Pru Stewart. additional addition to her writing, Kelly and her son A.J. have started a game app company, Novelpath, LLC. Look for our first game in an app store near you by the end of the year.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Charleston, South Carolina (USA), where my father was born and raised. My mother was a transplanted Yankee, having moved from Queen with her twin sister to live with their older sister's family. The southern storytelling roots run deep on my father's side, and my two New-York-City-fireman uncles on my mother's side could tell tall tales with a Yankee flavor.

No matter where or with whom we were sharing a holiday table, the stories never stopped. And even when repeated every year (never the exact same way twice, of course), they never stopped offering me amusement and insight into my large and diverse extended family. In my childhood, my family moved back and forth between South Carolina and Delaware, and the differences between the North and South in the States was indelibly etched on my soul, preparing me to deeply embrace the idea of walking in another's shoes and seeing things from many perspectives before making a judgment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent published book, THE EX FILES, is a chicklit tale of a young woman who has marriage on her to do list, but no current man in her life. When challenged to prove she hasn't overlooked Mr. Right because her list of husbandly qualifications is a little too stringent, she embarks upon a quest to see if she has been a tad overly judgmental.

This idea sparked from watching my daughter navigate the dating world of the modern young woman, which had become a little more hazardous to navigate what with his and her ambitions and lifestyles not always being as easy to reconcile. It was fun to play in this world, especially since I married my husband in college, and we've never really had to navigate those differences.
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Where to find Kelly McClymer online

Where to buy in print


Solomon's Paradox
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Short story. A mother must deal with the shattering reality that science and the courts have offered her dead son a chance to tie up the loose ends of his life in the body of the friend who accidentally killed him.
The Ex Files
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,310. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Diana Hudson is an editor at a hip woman’s magazine. When her boss discovers she's been a little too critical of her old flames, Diana is offered her big chance to write her first story for the magazine--the EX files--a series of articles about whether spending time with an old flame may rekindle lost opportunities.
Must Love Halloween
Price: Free! Words: 13,150. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
In this short story, Philippa Munson, the heroine from MUST LOVE BLACK, must help twins Triste and Rienne turn the tables on a bully during a big Halloween party at Chrysalis Cliff.
Queen of Hearts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Short Story. Joachaela lives in a world where women care for the hearts of their family, literally. She has kept the secrets of her Heart Room safe within herself for many years. But her daughter's wedding brings the risk of exposing those secrets, if Joachaela cannot find a way to display her husband's strong, beating heart and reassure the kingdom that all is well.
Diapers, Dishes and Demons
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
SHORT STORY Postpartum depression is bad enough. Postpartum depression that takes the form of a devilish demon? What's a mom to do?
Napping on Jungle Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Motherhood isn't for the weak. Especially when the mom in question has been up all night caring for a sick child. Sometimes taking a leaf from Tarzan's jungle, and sleeping with one eye half open is the only option.
The Star-Crossed Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
To protect Lady Emily, Valentine Fenster must not only break his word as a gentleman, but find a way to storm a locked tower room, and expose her fiance as a murderer. All without causing a hint of a blemish on Lady Emily's reputation. Too bad Lady Emily has plans of escape all her own. Plans that include a ladder made of bedsheets, another elopement, and no consideration for her reputation.