Meet Kelly

❝ I write in multiple genres because I love a good, entertaining story no matter the age group or the storyline. I grew up in the 80’s where there was a mix of action-packed movies with heart-driven, underdog characters, who triumph in the end. Those are the kind of stories you’ll find in my booklist. ❞


Multipublished author, Kelly Parra, is a novelist, short fiction writer, and (sometimes) graphic artist. She has written stories in young adult fiction, romance, diverse fiction, urban fantasy with horror, and short stories. Not to mention, ghostwritten picture books that shall be left unnamed.

Her young adult multicultural novels, Graffiti Girl and Invisible Touch, were published with MTV Books (Simon & Schuster). Her novel Graffiti Girl was included in the National Book Foundation’s “BookupNYC” program, encouraging middle grade students to read, and included in high school and college reading curriculums. Carina Press (Harlequin) debuted Kelly’s adult fiction novel, Criminal Instinct, as one of the publisher’s launch titles. Her latest works are co-authored stories with game creator, Scott Cawthon, for his NYT’s Bestselling Children series Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights, in the novels Fazbear Frights #4: Step Closer and Fazbear Frights #6: Blackbird (Scholastic). In addition to her independent writing, Kelly works with Kevin Anderson & Associates on a variety of children’s projects.

Kelly’s stories are known for their diverse characterization and invoking positive and inspiring messages for readers. Her works have been nominated for honors such as Best Young Adult Novel and Best First Book for Romance Writers of America® and the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. As a reluctant reader in her teen years, Kelly has spoken at schools and writer events encouraging reluctant readers and aspiring writers from all walks of life to pursue their dreams to fulfillment. Authors and reviewers have described Kelly’s works page-turning, compelling, and exciting stories filled with drama and suspense. When Kelly isn’t writing, she’s CREATING—story ideas, graphic arts, fiber art, or finding inspiration in small tourist towns in California.

With over fourteen years of storytelling experience, Kelly continues to bring character-driven writing and heartfelt, entertaining stories to readers from her home in Central Coast, California, with her husband, and their two young adult children.


The Shorter Bio

KELLY PARRA is a two-time RITA® nominated, multi-published author of young adult, romance, urban fantasy, and short stories. She has created memorable, diverse characters for Simon & Schuster, Carina Press, and Scholastic. She divides her time between writing novels and the adventures of a creative lifestyle. Kelly resides in Central Coast, California with her family. Discover more of her writing at