I was born in Bloomington, Indiana, in December 1993. As a child, I always loved to read, particularly series such as The Babysitters Club and The Boxcar Children. I also always had quite the imagination, and was always writing stories of my own inside my head. I used to tell some of these stories to my brother, and even now we remember bits and pieces of the ludicrous plots I came up with.
I first began writing down some of my stories when I was nine, in the form of a mystery series about a girl named Doylie Dot. As my writing matured over the years, I switched from folded-over pieces of printing paper to spiral-bound notebooks, and from 6-page stories about nine-year-olds catching burglars to longer, more detailed novels about various aspects of life. My published works include the Allisen's Notebooks series, the first book in the New Life series, Out of My League (short story), a stand-alone middle grade novel called I Didn't Plan This, and a contemporary YA novel called Waves Crashing Just Like Me.
I still enjoy reading, when I have the time. My favorite authors include Karen Kingsbury, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Marissa Meyer, and J.K. Rowling. Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy singing, spending time outside, and being with my family and friends. I am very involved in my church, where I teach Sunday school and participate in various drama opportunities. During the school year, I work as a middle school math teacher.
“People are like houses--it’s easy to see what the outside’s like, but you can’t know exactly what the inside is like until you take the time to go in and find out for yourself. Sometimes, the inside matches the outside, and is precisely what you expected. But other times…you might be pretty surprised at what you find.”
- Kelsey Gallant