Kiley has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, but she didn’t seriously consider writing for children until 2017. Her first “published” story as a second grader was a fairy tale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood… called Little Red Sweatsuit. She both wrote and illustrated her story but soon realized she should leave illustrating to the professionals (or really, to anyone but her).
More recently, Kiley was named a 2019 Picture Book Writing with the Stars mentee and a 2021 #RevPit winner. She is a youth services librarian in a large metropolitan library system and a writer for children. She feels incredibly lucky to be surrounded by stories and kids all day long. Both let her be the “charmingly awkward” person she is.
When not reading or writing, Kiley can be found bicycling, eating dessert, or giggling at her own jokes. She lives in Ohio with her husband and delightfully odd dog Guybrush.
A Few Favorites:
Picture Books: Though I write and enjoy reading all kinds of picture books, my favorites are generally those that get me in the feels! A few titles are: Maybe Tomorrow?, The Rough Patch, The Little Green Girl, When Sadness Is at Your Door, Bertolt, Sophie’s Squash, And Then It’s Spring, The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown, Hello Lighthouse, What Do You Do with an Idea?, The Bear and the Moon, The Magic of We, Ocean Meets Sky, In a Jar, Hope, Red: A Crayon’s Story, Cry Heart But Never Break
Middle Grade: I love so much middle grade, from the heartfelt to the adventuresome to the outrageous. Here are just a few: Anne of Green Gables, The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane, Other Words for Home, The List of Things that Will Not Change, King and the Dragonflies, When You Trap a Tiger, Coo, The Island at the End of Everything, Echo, The Golden Compass, All the Impossible Things, Extraordinary Birds, Beyond the Bright Sea, Orphan Island, The Only Black Girls in Town, Louisiana’s Way Home, The Good Thieves, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle, A Wish in the Dark, City Spies, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Young Adult: Sweeping fantasies to realistic fiction to everything in between! Ember in the Ashes, Legendborn, Strange the Dreamer, Truly Devious, The Hunger Games, The Poet X, Everything Sad is Untrue, The Lovely War, I’ll Give You the Sun
Books for Grown-Ups*: On the rare occasion I’m reading a book for adults, it’s generally a sweeping family saga. A few favorites are: Rebecca, The House in the Cerulean Sea, My Brilliant Friend, Homegoing, The Dutch House, A Thousand Splendid Suns, An American Marriage, Americanah, A Prayer for Owen Meany
Podcasts: The Literaticast, Deadline City, First Draft with Sarah Enni, The Manuscript Academy, Book Friends Forever, This Creative Life with Sara Zarr, Ear Hustle
*Though I’d argue all the books are for grown-ups 🙂