Kelly has been reading since she was three years old and writing nearly that long. She lives in a little cottage in a big city with a cat, two big dogs, a turtle, and more books than her local library.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town of chicken ranches where the main street had a bank, mini golf, lumber yard, hardware store, and a feed and grain. The town is a bit bigger now, but those are all still there on "The Boulevard". I tend to write stories that take place in small towns where everyone knows everyone else's business.
When did you first start writing?
I learned to read when I was three and almost stopped when I started school and had to read about Dick and Jane and their stupid dog, Spot. Then I found a big, colorful book at a yard sale. I spent my entire allowance buying it. It took me a month, but I made it through Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea in about a month. I started writing my own little science fiction stories shortly after that. I was 6. My first story that I showed anyone was a short story that came in third place in my Junior High School writing contest.
Twelve Gnomes and a Budgerigar
on March 22, 2015
At first I was a bit confused by the number of characters, but they are so well written, with such distinct personalities and quirks that I quickly found myself completely immersed in the strange comings and goings in Pearshire. I haven't laughed so much reading a book in a long time. The characters themselves are not comedic, but their ability to take such ridiculous situations as if they were just everyday occurrences never stops. My only regret is that this book sat unread so long on my Nook.