About Me

E KellyHi. My name is E Kelly (pseudonym) and I’m a new contemporary romance writer. In February 2010, I self-published my first novel, Bronwyn’s Stand. It was a bit of a shock, to hold that particular book in my hands. The story of Bronwyn , a bookstore owner, and Vincent, a resigned United States Naval SEAL, had lived in my head for almost 20 years before I wrote it down. Even then, I needed the encouragement and support of my friends before I found the courage to publish it. The process, although not a smooth one, was rewarding. So it didn’t take me long to realize that Bronwyn and Vincent were just the beginning…

I live with my husband and teenage daughter in Eastern Maryland. I love reading, writing, and sweet iced tea. In literature, as well as in life, I prefer the company of women who are intelligent, strong and fiercely independent. Bronwyn Barrister is the first of many women such as this. I am currently at work on my seventh novel.

Many readers have asked me why I chose the name ‘E Kelly’. So, as promised, here is the story – When I was a kid I collected clowns (I know, it sounds weird. Just go with it.). My favorite clown was Emmett Kelly. He is best known for his ‘Weary Willie’ character, a hobo clown, who used to be the last performer at the end of the circus. He would walk into a ring which was covered in small spotlights. Using a broom, Willie would sweep all the spotlights into one and then gradually sweep the last spot light until it became smaller and smaller before finally going out. For some reason, his image and the skit appealed to me. He was the first clown I collected.

Fast forward to college, where I worked on the literary magazine. I wrote poetry in those days. Very expressive, informative, cathartic poetry. A form of self therapy, I guess. To keep from having to answer any questions about the content of my poems, I used a pen name. Yep, you guessed it – E Kelly. So when I was ready to publish my first contemporary romance novel, I resurrected the name. This keeps the parents of my students from connecting my books to the image of ‘teacher’ they have of me. The different parts of life stay separate, for now. Maybe later, that will change. I don’t know. But for now, this works.

28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. When will the new books be out about the SEAL team? I’ve read each of the others 3 times each. So far I’VE fallen in love with Vincent & Daniel myself!

    • Working on book 3 of the series now – Jacqueline’s Desire. It’s the story of how Poet and Jac get together. I hope to finish by the early fall. Imwill also be posting the first chapter here on my website sometime in September.

  2. Dear Ms. Kelly,
    Please know my prayers are with you for a full recovery. I’m sure all your faithful readers feel the same. I know you must be chomping at the bit to finish the book but your health is more important than your deadline. We will all be waiting patiently for the book. Please keep us updated as to your health.
    Best Regards,

  3. Hi,
    I just wanted to say that I agree with Laura who wrote you on Nov. 6, 2012. My prayers are with you too regarding your health issues and I’m sure she’s right that your fans will wait patiently for Jac’s Desire. You are not disappointing us. Your books are awesome and worth the wait. Take care of your health. Wishing you all the best.

  4. I love your books! I’m sorry to read that you’ve been feeling bad (I’m very familiar with RA). I can’t wait to see your new books. I can’t wait to hear about the rest of the SEAL team guys!!

  5. I love all of your books and I was wondering if you had a newletter site that I could join that way I would know when your books were released. I love the story lines and the way the books are written.

    • I’ve never considered a newsletter before. I know other writers have them. Maybe that’s something I’ll think about after I finish Jacqueline’s Desire. Determined to finish in the next two days.

  6. I have loved reading all of your books and cannot wait for the next one. Thank you for sharing these great stories!

  7. Hi I just wanted to say I’ve read all your books up to date and love them all, especially the Choosing Love Series.. I cannot wait for Hollywoods story, as I think by far that will be the most funny to see the big playboy guy crash and fall to his true love lol and the fun the other guys will take of him..
    You have made these characters appear so real, that its like reading about guys that I know, silly some may think, but I can’t help but be drawn in to the characters ..
    You are an amazing author and your books are fantastic,.
    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been unwell and hope that your feeling back on top form soon..
    Please don’t take to long with the next book as I can hardly wait lol .
    lots of love from your avid UK fan Sharon xx

  8. Can you please tell me when the next books in the Choosing Love series will be out. I have loved the 3 I have already read along with one heart two souls.
    Thank you and I look forward to the next books about Caveman and Hollywood

  9. Just looking for an update of Caveman and Sophia’s book? Is there an approximate release date?

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  10. Hi Any news on the release of Katherine’s Fire? I love this series and am now reading all of them again, can’t get enough of them.


  11. Hi, I hope this message finds you well, I really love all your books and am waiting patiently for Katherine’s Fire. I check every few weeks to see if you have posted any messages to up date us but sadly none have been posted. I would just like to know if it’s still going to be released or not . Thank you

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