Kelly’s love of comics and superheroes have compelled her since she discovered them as a teenager and ultimately led her to a degree in Sequential Art from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Kelly’s first novel THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING was a breakout Kickstarter success and an Amazon Bestseller.

Currently living in Manhattan with her boyfriend and a pitiful lack of pets, she is hard at work on several projects, including the sequel to THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING and an original graphic novel with Dark Horse Comics. You can find Kelly all over the internet where she is generally well-liked, except when she’s detested.

Kelly is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency and is managed by Susan Solomon of Principato Young.

Feel free to contact Kelly directly, especially if you want to give her money or compliments (yay!) at: 1979semifinalist[at]gmail[dot]com and you can learn more about Kelly at her official website.

*The current 1979 Semi-Finalist current blog header includes an illustration of Kelly’s character Lola LeFever from her novel THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING, and is drawn by the utterly fantastic Meredith McClaren.


  1. Tom’s avatar

    Why no updates?
    Why Bay Cities web link? Didn’t think it was that good.
    Why no sassy retort to my e-mail?

  2. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    been out of town for my brother’s wedding

    also, injured my back very badly and have been thinking of nothing but back pain.

    bay cities makes the best sandwiches on earth. i often wake in the night in nyc dreaming of bay cities sandwiches on the west coast…oh so far away.

    i was working on the perfect retort to your slightly bitchy slash mean email, just hadn’t gotten to it yet. don’t worry. it’s coming…


  3. dailyfact’s avatar

    Loving the blog, been reading it for a while, just didn’t want to comment yet. But…it’s say, your blog rocks!

  4. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    thanks dailyfact! let me just say, your comment rocks. officially, the best blog comment yet!

    please keep reading…and now i know where to find a daily dose of daily facts – you’ve got some fascinating stuff on there.


  5. RE10TIV’s avatar

    How’s your back? I see that little photo of you and it takes a minute to recognize the non-blond you. Lots of good stuff coming from Ricky’s company:
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. bnepro’s avatar

    i like you blog and your illustrative style.
    ‘-roll me over to that skor bar…anyone?’
    is priceless.
    [gives kelly a gentle push]

  7. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Hey Bnepro
    Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you’re enjoying the site (and my comics of course). Thanks for the push towards the skor bar…funny, no one else actually offered a push…
    Hope you keep reading.

  8. Cidtalk’s avatar

    Excellent site. I have taken the liberty of adding a link to you at my online stall at Cidtalk. Having only just found you, there’s a lot of catch up reading to do. Take care of that back. I totally get the pain issue…mine is age induced:)

  9. 1979semifinalist’s avatar


    Thanks so much for the post and plug and for the compliments. I hope you enjoy poking around. Your site looks great – I’ll be checking it out over the next week or so.


  10. wedding poop’s avatar

    Kelly, I apologize if I offended you in any way, that wasn’t my intention. My fault for using your comic in haste; I hadn’t looked at your “about me” section earlier, otherwise I would’ve asked permission before hand. I do apologize. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Your comics are great! Keep up the good work.

  11. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    No problem at all. I hope I wasn’t too harsh in my comment. I am of course flattered that you would even be interested in using any of my comics, and you are welcome to use as many as may suit your purposes – please just be sure to credit. As you can imagine, you have to be ever vigilant when putting your work out there on this monster we call “the interwebs” – whether it be writing or art.

    Thank you again for the compliments – and for stopping by!


  12. Keegan Xavi’s avatar

    You have to revise your bio now. You are no longer looking for representation for your FIRST novel, you need representation for your SUBSEQUENT novels……

  13. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Keegan: You are so right! I corrected it :)

  14. Geoffrey’s avatar

    I am a student at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and I was wondering if I could use one or two of your blog entries for an Illustrator class project I am doing for college. My concept idea is to take several art/about art blogs and present them in print form as a newspaper. The project is just a single page of the paper. I admire your work and cometary and would love to be able to share it with my class.

    Thanks for your time,

  15. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Geoffrey: Why don’t you send me an email at 1979semifinalist[at]gmail[dot]com and we can discuss further – I suspect it won’t be a problem. Thanks for reading. Kelly

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