Hi, I’m Kerelyn Smith, a writer, reader, and general story enthusiast.
I have been in love with stories since I was very small. When my parents would ask me how my day was at school, I would often attempt to parrot back, word-for-word the book that was read to us that day at story time. I don’t have a remarkable memory, so this was often a long and circuitous process with many, “Oh, and I forgot to tell you about the frog, he’s important later because…” and “I don’t remember what he said, but it was funny because of his crooked finger” — probably not what they had in mind.
Even before that my parents would take turns reading aloud to me, selecting a wide variety of books from The Wind in the Willows to 2001: a Space Odyssey. It was when my mom was reading Dealing with Dragons to me by Patricia C. Wrede that I first remember deciding I wanted to be a writer. I have been writing ever since.
Since that time I have written countless short stories, some very bad poetry, a few plays, song lyrics, novels, and collections of linked short stories. Needless to say, the majority of this was not very good, and I have been content to keep this work mostly private, occasionally inflicting it upon friends, classmates, and family.
My education has been unusual, including stints in public school, homeschool, private school, an art and science middle school, and a technical art high school. I have done some unusual things such as constructing a pair of six-foot metal bird wings, sculpting a giant clay elf head, and working with a blacksmith at a historic farm, and some more normal things like soccer and jazz band. I received my BA in English Literature from Reed College, where I wrote my undergraduate thesis on Thomas Hardy and his descriptions of nature in his Wessex novels.
Surprising to no one, this did not lead to profitable employment.
As a result, I have found work in an odd assortment of jobs including Book Seller, 826 Valencia Intern, Census Worker, and Corporate History Writer. For the last seven years, I have found a home in the IT industry working in various capacities including Technical Writer, Business Systems Analyst, Project Manager, and UX/UI designer. All the while I have been writing in my spare time: early in the morning, lunch breaks, whenever I could find the time.
Reading has been my other constant escape. I haunt used bookstores and own more books than is entirely healthy. I am an avid reader of all types of fiction especially literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, children’s literature, and the classics. The effects of working in a bookstore never wore off; I still love making and receiving book recommendations.
My more recent writing reflects my readings interests. I seek to evoke wonder, contemplation, laughter, and compassion and to capture the joy I felt when reading my first chapter books all those years ago.
Kerelyn Smith is a writer of literary, speculative, and children’s fiction. She received her BA in English Literature from Reed College. She lives in Southern California with her boyfriend and dog and enjoys hiking, computer programming, and overcomplicating things.
For Information on the goals and objectives of the website, see the first post: An Experiment.
To check out what I’m working on, see the Writing Projects page.