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I'm so excited to share the cover of my first novel for middle grade readers, Dad's Girlfriend and Other Anxieties, coming Sept. 1, 2022, from Albert Whitman & Company (and available for preorder)!

I love how illustrator Simini Blocker brought these characters to life, and I'm convinced Aphelandra is a full-on design genius!




"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

—Madeleine L'Engle

Laura Carson Photography

Kellye Crocker


writer, teacher, reporter/editor


Laura Carson Photography

Hey, there! Thanks for stopping by! I'm Kellye. I write novels that celebrate smart, funny girls who discover the power of their voices. I'm repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse at The Tobias Literary Agency.




As a creative writing teacher, I'm helping nurture the next generation of writers. You can find out more here.

I'm also a veteran news and features reporter and editor who still occasionally dives into a good story. Learn more.

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