2013 Children's Writer-in-Residence: Jane Kelley
Thurber House is pleased to announce Jane Kelley as the 2013 Children’s Writer-in-Residence. Kelley is the author of two middle-grade novels, Nature Girl and her latest, The Girl Behind the Glass that Publishers Weekly calls “chilling and lyrical.”
Growing up in Wisconsin next to a forest, Kelley naturally wrote her debut novel about a girl getting lost in the woods, however, she gets ideas from everywhere. In The Girl Behind the Glass, 11-year-old twins, Hannah and Anna, move into the old house on Hemlock Road. When Hannah begins hearing and seeing things, no one believes it and it’s up to her to solve the mystery. Well-written with just the right amount of chill, readers will “relish the genuinely unease-inducing menace along the way,” according to The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.
Kelley now resides in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Blackberry, who occasionally writes on her blog. When she’s not writing and feeding Blackberry, she loves doing school visits and is an instructor at Writopia Lab, where she can encourage and inspire young writers. For more information about Jane Kelley, check out her website and blog here.
The Children’s Writer-in-Residencey is generously funded by JPMorgan Chase Foundation and awarded annually to an emerging children’s author. The resident stays in the furnished, third floor apartment in Thurber House for four weeks in the summer where the author will have time to write as well as teach at Thurber House Summer Writing Camp and make other local appearances. Stay tuned for more information about her visit.
Author photo by Keith Weber.