As an author, Kelly has written articles for local newspapers and national magazines such as Faces. She completed training with the institute of children’s literature.
Kelly makes author visits to schools and libraries. She works as a librarian at Newaygo area district library and is the reader for Carnegie on the road.
Most recently, Kelly released Hair For Mama in May 2007. Hair For Mama is a children’s picture book published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group and illustrated by Amy June Bates.