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Author of the Week: Kelley Armstrong

About Kelley

According to Kelly:
"I’ve been telling stories since before I could write. My earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, mine would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to my teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make me produce “normal” stories failed. Today, I continue to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in my basement writing dungeon."
Kelley has a degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario and studying computer programming at Fanshawe College. Her first novel, Bitten was released in 2001 and Kelley has written another 10 books in the series, with an eleventh due out this year. Her Women of the Otherworld series has been her most successful and Kelley has published several short novellas online featuring characters from the series.


In 2007, Kelley published her first crime novel, Exit Strategy and, in July 2008, The Summoning was released. The Summoning is the first novel of Kelley’s young adult series Darkest Powers featuring children who are unaware of their Supernatural powers. DPs is set in the same universe as Kelley’s more mature Women of the Otherworld novels.

Kelley worked in computer programming to give herself time to write but, thanks to her past success, can now focus on her writing and her children fulltime.

Kelley’s Writing Style

Kelley uses a natural tone to narrate her novels. They are all written in first person, usually with a female protagonist, and follow events that impact that character. The tone of her writing changes depending on the narrator; Elena Michaels is fearless and furious at anyone that crosses her; Chloe Saunders is a confused teenage girl, frightened but often distracted by boys and hormones; and Paige Winterbourne is stubborn in her determination to live up to the expectations of others.

The best part of Kelley’s style is the way she eases into her characters. In Women of the Otherworld Kelley introduces a character a few stories before she makes them a protagonist. The reader can already identify with Jaime Vegas and her crush on Jeremy Danvers, or they already know about Hope Adams and her chaos hunger.

It is rare to find a well educated mature writer who can successful write a teenage protagonist without sounding daggy. Kelley doesn’t overuse colloquialisms or throw an ‘umm’ or a ‘like’ into every sentence in hopes of capturing the voice of todays teen. It isn’t that easy and often readers are turned off because teenagers aren’t as vapid as society thinks.

Books by Kelley


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Sources

1. Kelley Armstrong interview with Claire E Write on writerswrite
2. Kelley Armstrong on wikipedia
3. Kelley Armstrong - Book Signing at Argyle Mall, London, Ontario on youtube
4. Kelley Armstrong’s home page
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