Kelly Harms is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.
When she’s not lost in a book that she’s either writing or reading, you can find her on the water, in the water, or near the water. Say hello anytime by clicking the contact button!
PS: Those things are all true, for sure! But if I didn’t have to have an easily copy-and-paste-able bio for media reasons, I’d also add…
Kelly (me) grew up in Iowa, and her much bigger brother only tortured her sometimes. Sometimes he played Home Run Derby with her and every time she hit a 400-footer, he made mouth sounds like the crowd was going wild.
She studied Biology and Violin Performance at Gustavus Adolphus College, then worked selling shoes and interning at the Utne Reader, which had a huge books section. That’s where things went downhill—too much book publishing exposure resulted in a decade in New York in the publishing business. It cannot be helped. On the plus side, while there she rooted for the Mets and heard a lot of great bands and worked as Docent at the American Museum of Natural History and sang in a great choir and, once, attempted to host a dinner party in her 300 square foot studio.
Eventually she came to her senses and moved back to the Midwest, though she misses New York all the time. In Wisconsin, she roots for the Cubs AND the Brewers which is very confusing. She likes snow and cross-country skiing and knitting and playing games with friends and kids and kids of friends. In Madison she became a Tall Poppy Writer, a mother, and a fan of craft breweries. Her seven year old thinks her books need more ninjas.
She loves writing by a fire in the winter and in the sunroom in the summer. She’s currently at work on her fourth work of comic fiction and who knows what else.