Meet Kelly

Kelly Parra’s earliest stories were told with paintbrushes, but upon discovering the drama and forbidden love of romance and suspense novels, those paintbrushes were replaced with a keyboard.

Now a multi-published author in young adult and romance fiction, she has created memorable characters such as a graffiti artist in Graffiti Girl, a psychic teen in Invisible Touch, orphan monster hunters in her Supernatural Hunters series, and a tough undercover narc in her novel for adults, Criminal Instinct. A two-time RITA finalist, she divides her time between her novels, creative hobbies, and the adventures of freelance writing. Kelly resides near the California Coast with her family. Discover more of her writing at


Author Introduction


The longer bio . . .

Kelly Parra is a California writer of teen novels, commercial fiction, and creative freelance writing. Her young adult novels, Graffiti Girl (MTV/Simon & Schuster, 2007), and Invisible Touch (MTV/Simon & Schuster, 2008), are included in the California High School Reading Lists by the California Readers Organization, and her novel Graffiti Girl is part of the National Book Foundations’ “BookupNYC” program, encouraging middle grade students to read. Her works have also been nominated for honors such as Latino Young Adult Novel Top Pick by Latinidad®, Best Young Adult for Romance Writers of America®, and the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

Kelly’s teen works are known for including familiar aspects of her California community, and invoking positive messages for young readers. Her books have been featured in the newspapers: Salinas Californian, Monterey Herald, and the Monterey Bay Ink, and several on-line literary websites. Published authors and reviewers have touted Kelly’s books as “compelling,” “exciting,” and “page-turning.” Carina Press debuted Kelly’s adult fiction novel Criminal Instinct as one of the publisher’s launch titles. New York Times Bestselling author, Dianna Love, had this to say,“Kelly brings a distinctive voice and style to her intense suspense novels that sucks you in from page one.”

Kelly resides in her hometown near the Monterey Coast with her family. Discover more of her writing at


Fun Kelly Facts

  • Kelly is multicultural. Her nationalities are Mexican, Italian, and Filipino.
  • Kelly is a Pescatarian. She does not eat meat. She’s quite happy eating vegetables and the occasional fish.
  • Kelly LOVES movies and television series! She’s seen an abundance of 80’s – 90’s cult classic movies.
  • Kelly was a teen artist in high school and began her career as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator before she became a published author. Her artistic background has helped her in her writing career.
  • Kelly was a reluctant reader in high school. It was hard for her to relate to the literary classics assigned in English class, and even harder to finish reading them. That is one of the main reasons she began writing for teens in a relatable voice. She wished for modern, fast-paced, realistic novels during her high school years.
  • V.C. Andrews and Nora Roberts opened her mind to reading and new worlds, and showed her she could love to read too.