Kelly McCullough writes fantasy, science fiction, and books for younger readers. He is best known for his novels, with more than a dozen in print or forthcoming at the moment, including eleven ACE/PRH fantasy releases in the WebMage and Fallen Blade series and his middle grade work from Macmillan’s Feiwel and Friends, including School for Sidekicks; the forthcoming Magic, Madness and Mischief; and its sequel Spirits, Spells, and Snark. His microfiction series DragonDiaries and Badnoir can be found on his webpage or by following him on Twitter or Facebook.
Kelly’s award winning short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Tor.com, Weird Tales, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and Writers of the Future, among others. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star, an illustrated collection of short stories written as part of a middle school physical science curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation, and Hanny and the Mystery of the Voorwerp, a science comic that he co-wrote and co-edited as part of a project funded by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Born in Grand Forks, Kelly lived in North Dakota for the first few years of his life before moving to Minnesota. There, he went to the Saint Paul Open School for eleven years, an alternative K-12 school where he was allowed to do pretty much as he pleased as long as he demonstrated educational competency in his classes. The self-discipline and intellectual freedom involved was a perfect foundation both for a successful college experience at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota and for his later career as a novelist.
Kelly currently resides in a moderately sized Midwestern university town where he indulges his passions for writing, reading, various physical pursuits of the running, biking, weight-lifting variety, cat herding, and uxorious devotion to his brilliant and beautiful wife. He is also known to get up to a certain amount of silliness involving various combinations of art, science, cameras, high speed video, props, costumes, and any number of friends and co-conspiritors. Things like a video of slow motion snowballs, or Narnia related hijinks at his friend Neil Gaiman’s lamppost.