Gretchen Kelly

“Gretchen’s writing is woven with such delicate strands of intimacy that one can’t help but feel touched by the unidentifiable element that makes life seem more magical than mundane.” — Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press

What genre/age ranges do you typically write for?

A lot of my writing is focused on social justice issues, grief, and parenting. I never set out to write for a particular age group, but these topics lend themselves to adult audiences. My current work-in-progress (a novel) will hopefully appeal to young adults, as well as an older audience. It’s an immersion into the world of an awkward kid growing up in the ’80s, absorbing the culture of the time and dealing with adult issues — not the least of which is her younger brother’s cancer diagnosis. It sounds heavy, but it’s a nostalgic coming-of-age story steeped in self-awareness and self-deprecation. I hope to have the first draft completed by summer’s end and will be shouting it from the rooftops when I find a home for it.

How is your submission for Byline Legacies different or similar to that project?

While my article and blog writing is typically issues based, I do occasionally write from a more personal perspective, as I did in my Cardigan Press submission. Exploring a meaningful time and person from my past was a balm to me. Wrapping myself in memories and reliving those moments was so comforting in these uncertain times. It felt like a visit with an old friend, a refreshing break from writing about current hot button topics.

How can readers can best support you in the meantime?

I share all of my writing on social media – the rooftop from which I shout. Readers can follow me on Facebook, or on Medium, and if a reader is interested in political hot takes and writer’s angst, they can find me on Twitter.

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