KEELY PARRACK is the author of Young Adult thrillers, DON'T LET IN THE COLD, 10 HOURS TO GO and picture books, HOW STARLING GOT HIS SPECKLES, MORNING, SUNSHINE! She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, and son.
KEELY PARRACK is the author of Young Adult thrillers, DON'T LET IN THE COLD, 10 HOURS TO GO and picture books, HOW STARLING GOT HIS SPECKLES, MORNING, SUNSHINE! She came from the UK to the USA twenty years ago, and liked it so much she's still here, doing what she loves - writing young adult novels, poetry, and picture books, motivating kids to love reading and to be confident creative writers. Previously she's been a music, language arts and environmental science specialist as an elementary school teacher in the UK, a Child Center Director, in San Francisco, a social networker consultant for her local indie bookstore, and a sensory descriptive analyst for the Nation Food Laboratory.
Keely now fills her time writing, teaching kids creative writing, traveling, and designing haiku cards for her friends and family. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, and son.
|10 HOURS TO GO
|Young Adult thriller, Sourcebooks Fire, 2/6/2024
|DON'T LET IN THE COLD
|Young Adult thriller, Sourcebooks Fire, 9/6/2022
|HOW STARLING GOT HIS SPECKLES
|Illustrated by Antonio Boffa, Picture Book, Barefoot Books, Spring 2024
|Illustrated by John Bajet, Picture Book, North Atlantic Books, 3/24/2020
This is me aged six - I'm not sure if I was trying to gently touch the flower or if I was about to crush it - but either way it perfectly reflects my writing style.
I write nature focused picture books, and darker young adult novels.
I did not always want to be a writer, but I have always written. The first poem I remember writing was about a mouse running up a clock and then escaping, I was six. In high-school I was known for writing strange short stories, mostly gothic horror, or speculative fiction! I've always written poetry both for fun and to figure out what I'm thinking and what I want to say.
I've also been an elementary school teacher, a day care director, a fashion retail manager, a sensory descriptive analysis, and a social media consultant. My best student job was at the movie theater, where I got to watch all the films for free.
In school I was a day dreamer, and despite having an English degree and teaching creative writing, I am still a terrible speller!