Kellye Crocker


Kellye Crocker writes books that celebrate smart and funny girls who discover the power of their voices. Raised in Ames, Iowa, a university town, she was a pasty bookworm who saw the sun only when her mom ordered her outside. At 7, she decided she couldn’t be a novelist when she grew up because she wouldn’t earn enough to pay her bills. At 12, she figured out that newspaper reporters were paid to write (almost enough to cover her bills, it turned out). After fourteen years as a daily newspaper reporter, the last eleven at Iowa’s largest newspaper, she quit to become a full-time, self-employed freelancer, writing for several national magazines. She’s also taught writing at two Iowa universities and worked in library youth services. A longtime member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2015, shortly after their son graduated from high school, Kellye and her husband moved to Denver, Colorado, where she teaches creative writing to young people through the nonprofit Lighthouse Writers Workshop. In Colorado she also discovered a new love: hiking. She is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse.


Fun fact: Kellye met her husband after accidentally breaking a bottle of cheap wine in a grocery store. He lived in another state then. They married in 1992.