About Me

I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and my graduate degree in radio/tv/film from the University of North Texas, and spent several years afterward writing everything from news releases and PSA scripts to print ads and executive presentations for a few companies. I taught international marketing and digital marketing at a Big 12 university. All this was excellent practice for writing for kids.

Now, I’m a part-time freelance copywriter, a full time mom, I serve my church and a local non-profit, and I spend every minute I can writing for kids. Throughout everything, I’m doing my best to follow Christ, but I’m super clumsy about it.

I’ll write here about marketing and middle grade, but mostly I’ll write about things that make me happy along the way. If you’re interested in writing for middle grade readers, I write a little about that here but you can also read more from me at almostanauthor.com. And if you’re interested in following my path to publication, sign up for my quarterly newsletter.

In the interest of getting to know each other, here’s an abbreviated list of things that make me happy:

  • Cheese as a meal
  • The smell of dirt
  • Dancing (with or without music)
  • Freshly laundered socks
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • My kid
  • College football
  • Fishing

I’m grateful you’ve read this far, and appreciate you going on this little journey with me.

If you want, follow me on Instagram at klmckinneywrites, find me on Facebook at kell mckinney, or drop me a line at itskelli@kellmckinney.com

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