My name is Kelly Barnhill, and I write books. I am a former teacher, former bartender, former waitress, former activist, former park ranger, former wildland firefighter, former secretary, former janitor and former church-guitar-player. The sum of these experiences have prepared me for exactly nothing – save for the telling of stories, which I have been doing quite happily for some time now.
I am the author of the novels IRON HEARTED VIOLET and THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK, as well as a bunch of nonfiction books for the schools and libraries market and a gaggle of short stories in some cool magazines that you should totally read. There’s also a new book, called THE WITCH’S BOY. It comes out in the fall of 2014.
I have three completely fabulous children, an astonishingly talented husband (his name is Ted Barnhill and he designs beautiful and sustainable houses – including the one I now live in – and he rules), and a very, very, very old dog. I also teach, freelance, corral Cub Scouts, run, canoe, camp, garden, and hike into the wilderness for days and days. I also bake pie. It’s a pretty good life, actually.
I am happily represented by Steven Malk of Writers House, who, it must be said, is a heck of a fellow.