My Bio

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Short Bio:

Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It was Library Journal’s August Debut of the Month and was described as a “winning first novel and series launch” in a starred review by Publishers Weekly.

Shorter Bio:

Kellye Garrett spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. A former magazine editor, she holds a BS in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. She now works for a leading media company and brainstorms ways to commit murder for her novels.

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Long Bio:

Kellye Garrett was born in New Jersey sometime in the last millennium. She attempted her first novel at five years old, but abandoned it a few days later to focus on decorating a newly purchased Barbie Dream House.

Though she eventually got rid of the Dream House, she kept her love of writing. After graduating with a B.S. in magazine production from Florida A&M University, she had the requisite crappy first job, working as an assistant at a daily newspaper. Thankfully, her next gig was much, much cooler. She became an assistant editor at Vibe magazine.

Her Vibe duties included seeing free movies, bossing around poor freelance writers, and spearheading the magazine’s film and television coverage. But writing about so many amazing people inspired her to do something amazing herself. So she swapped her AP Stylebook for Robert McKee’s Story and spent two years as a graduate screenwriting student at the University of Southern California’s famed School of Cinematic Arts.

Since graduating with her M.F.A. in 2005, Kellye’s participated in NBC’s inaugural “Writers on the Verge” program for new writers and worked as a staff writer on the CBS crime drama Cold Case. Her episode about Japanese internment camps aired in December 2007. She also sold a procedural to Lions Gate Television and developed a cable show with the actor Idris Elba.

A few years ago, Kellye not only returned to her home state, but also to her first love—writing books. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink  in August 2017. The debut is a lighter weight mystery about a broke, out-of-work black actress who witnesses a hit and run. When a $15,000 reward is offered, the actress is determined to remember anything that can help solve the crime. She soon finds herself getting deeper and deeper into investigating and liking it—until someone tries to kill her. Formerly called IOU, it was selected for Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars contest, which led to Kellye being repped by Michelle Richter at Fuse Literary.

Currently a communications writer for one of the country’s leading media companies, Kellye considers working for a P.I. firm as her most unusual professional writing gig. When not writing, she can be found sitting on the train blasting early ’90s R&B on her iPod, feeding her candle addiction, and obsessing over any reality TV show with “Wives” in the title.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

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