About Kelly Baugh
Kelly Baugh is a freelance and creative writer who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, two children and two hyper huskies. She attended college at Taylor University where she received a degree in Sportsmedicine, with a minor in English Writing. After graduating, she and her husband trained with the humanitarian aid missions organization Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and served in countries such as Nepal, Morocco, Belgium and Kosovo. From 2001-2006 she was co-director of the YWAM Prishtina, Kosovo base.
After returning to America in 2006, Kelly became a full-time American mom, the most challenging position she has ever served in. It was in this capacity that Kelly’s relationship with God matured the most and that her creative writing career originated. Although she used her technical writing skills extensively during her time in YWAM, Kelly began her first novel in response to the vast array joys and challenges she experienced while raising two preschoolers.
Through the training and support she received in the organization Northern Colorado Writers (NCW), Kelly wrote several novels. Her first published novel Miss You Once Again set in Eden Grove, Mississippi, is a story about family, love and second chances. The two main characters, Nana and Lee, are both strong women who face heartbreak and setbacks but don’t let those moments define them.
Her second book, Granny Bob’s Homestyle Cooking: Recipes With a Southern Flavor contains the regional recipes mentioned in Miss You Once Again, along with many other recipes gleaned from Kelly’s Southern relatives and friends. You can learn more about these two books through Hot Chocolate Press or Amazon.
Kelly is currently at work on her YA paranormal thriller Valley of the Broken (out September 2017), which is part of a seven book series inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins and Virtues and the people/cultures of the Four Corners region.
Kelly is inspired by authors Madeleine L’Engle, Steven Koontz, Sarah Addison Allen, Willa Cather, Michael and Kathleen Gear (People series), C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Susan Cooper and Suzanne Collins (Gregor the Overlander series). She believes story is the most fundamental way to convey deep truths. It’s why Jesus taught in parables and why a good book so hard to put down.
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