Get to know a little a bit about Kelly’s writing career with some cool career highlights . . . 

 

2022

❯❯ Five Nights at Freddy’s: Tales from the Pizzaplex #1 Lally’s Game (Scholastic) is released in July, 2022. Kelly’s story with Scott is “Frailty.”

❯❯ The Kirkus Reviews website reviews Five Nights at Freddy’s: Tales from the Pizzaplex #1 Lally’s Game.

❯❯ In April, Kelly’s story with Scott Cawthon is published in the bonus eBook, Five Nights at Freddys: Fazbear Frights #12 Felix the Shark (Scholastic), titled “The Scoop.” These bonus stories may have not made the series, nonetheless they are still entertaining reads!

❯❯ Kelly’s novel Graffiti Girl is featured on Shepherd.com and she shares her top five choices for, “The most realistic, edgy, multicultural young adult fiction books.”

 

2021

❯❯ In October, Kelly releases Neon Lights in the Dark on Amazon Kindle, a 10-story collection of her flash fiction and short stories that she has written over the years. 

❯❯ Kelly co-authors her next story… with Five Nights at Freddy’s creator, Scott Cawthon. The story, “Hide-and-Seek,” is published in Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #6 Blackbird in January 2021 (Scholastic).

❯❯ Fazbear Frights #6: Blackbird hits the USA Today’s Bestseller List!

 

2020

❯❯ Kelly co-authors a story with Five Nights at Freddy’s creator, Scott Cawthon. The story, “Step Closer,” is published in Five Night’s at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #4 Step Closer in July 2020 (Scholastic).

❯❯ Fazbear Frights #4: Step Closer hits the USA Today’s Bestseller List!

 

2018

❯❯ Kelly releases her second adult romance, Bad Boy For Keeps, in December. A romance novella with suspense elements available through Amazon.

 

2016

❯❯ In November, Kelly releases Chronicles of a Teen Supernatural Hunter, with her 3 stories starring Supernatural Hunting duo, Jaz and Blake.

❯❯ Invisible Touch is reissued as an eBook and trade paperback edition with a brand new cover in the fall of 2016!

 

2013

❯❯ Kelly’s teen monster hunter adventures continue with Supernatural Hunters published in ebook by Buzz Books in October, 2013.

❯❯ “Dear Jillian” a note to Kelly’s sixth grade bully is translated (Cara, Jillian) and published for Italy’s La Repubblica magazine’s article on bullying in April, 2013.

 

2012

❯❯ Kelly’s latest short story continues with her teen supernatural hunter characters Jaz and Blake. “Mermania” is published in Something Wicked, a fall-themed young adult anthology, published by Buzz Books USA.

❯❯ Kelly’s short story “Darkness Becomes Him” is published in Prom Dates to Die For, a prom themed anthology with a paranormal twist, published by Buzz Books USA.

 

2011

❯❯ Kelly’s short story “Graveyard Soul Sucker” is published in a Halloween themed anthology titled Deadly Treats, edited by novelist, Anne Frasier and published by Nodin Press.

 

2010

❯❯ Invisible Touch is recommended for the 2011 California High School Reading Collection.

❯❯ Criminal Instincts hits digital stores in June of 2010, published by Carina Press!

 

2009

❯❯ Kelly joins Carina Press, becoming a launch author for the new E-press with Criminal Instinct, her debut into adult fiction.

 

2008

❯❯ Kelly is featured in the Monterey County Weekly and the Salinas Californian reviews Invisible Touch in October of 2008.

❯❯ Invisible Touch, Kelly’s second novel, is published by MTV Books in October 2008.

❯❯ Graffiti Girl is nominated for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

❯❯ Graffiti Girl is chosen for the 2009 California High School Reading Collection.

❯❯ Graffiti Girl is a double RWA® RITA® finalist for Young Adult Romance and Best First Book.

❯❯ The National Book Foundation chooses Graffiti Girl to be part of the “BookUpNYC” program.

❯❯ Graffiti Girl is recommended by a V.I.T. (Very Important Teen) as a “page-turning” read in TEEN magazine, Winter 2008 issue!

 

2007

❯❯ Graffiti Girl is named a 2007 Latino Young Adult Novel Top Pick by Latinidad® in December ’07.

❯❯ Kelly is featured in the Monterey County Herald and the Monterey Bay Ink in July of 2007.

❯❯ Graffiti Girl is given a “Five out of Five Gold Pens” review in the Salinas Californian in June of 2007.

❯❯ Kelly’s debut Young Adult novel, Graffiti Girl, is published by MTV Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster in May 2007.

 

❯❯ Book Honors

Kudos
  • Recommended by the The California Latino Legislative Caucus for Reading Education
  • Nominated for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
  • Chosen for the California Readers 2009 High School Reading Collection
  • 2008 RWA Double RITA finalist for Best First Novel & Young Adult Novel
  • Selected by the National Book Foundation for the “BookUp NYC” program
  • Latinidad 2007 Best Latino Young Adult Book Pick
  • Selected by a VIT (Very Important Teen) as a page-turning read in TEEN magazine (Winter 2008)
Kudos
  • Chosen for the California Readers 2011 High School Reading Collection
  • Given the Golden Star Award of Excellence by TeensReadToo
  • Recommended by Color Online for “Hispanic Heritage Month” Reading List 2009
Kudos
  • New York Time’s Bestselling Children’s Series

 

❯❯ Five Night’s at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #4: Step Closer Honors

  • USA Today’s Bestseller

 

❯❯ Five Night’s at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #6: Blackbird Honors

  • USA Today’s Bestseller