Kelly Vincent is a writer of contemporary young adult fiction. Her first book, Finding Frances, came out in 2020. Finding Frances has won several awards in 2021, including first place (a tie) in the Next Generation Indie Book Award (First Novel (70,000-90,000 words) category), a bronze medal (a tie) in the IPPY (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction e-Book category), and first place in the YA category of the National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) contest. Kelly has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth program.
Kelly lives near Seattle and when she’s not writing, she’s trying to extract interesting secrets from data.
Some Other Info for the Curious
Kelly grew up in Oklahoma and went to the University of Oklahoma before leaving. She spent a couple summers in St. Paul, Minnesota; studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (still her favorite place); studied Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico; did a Master’s degree at the University Edinburgh, Scotland; worked in Milton Keynes, England (she was on a project at Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing worked during WW II); started but didn’t even come close to finishing a PhD in Pilsen, Czech Republic; began a career as a software engineer in Durham, North Carolina; moved to State College, Pennsylvania for a job; and finally came out to the Seattle area for another job. Along the way she collected a total of five degrees, two Bachelor’s and three Master’s, which was expensive and probably not worth it. Still, now she's working on one more as she tries to become an illustrator to supplement her writing—a BFA in illustration with a concentration in children’s book illustration. It may be a sickness.
She has several cats who you will see on this site because she likes them quite a bit. For several years, she was very involved in cat rescue and fostered dozens of cats in the process. She was only a failed foster twice (which means she adopted her foster cat). Last but not least, she’s a feminist—and you should be, too, because it’s not a bad word. Seriously.
Kelly has a few other sites dedicated to her different pursuits, which you can get to via kellyvincent.me.
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