Hi! I'm Kelly.

As a writer, I've always been interested in family stories. When I heard of a Satanic cult in my family tree, I thought I'd found the story of a lifetime. Read more.

More Drama in My Family Tree

More Drama in My Family Tree

Today Ancestry.com published my blog post about the Hochstetler Indian massacre. I've already made a few new connections from it. I love how warm and generous the genealogy community is.

(If you're arriving here from the Ancestry post, welcome! Let's keep in touch via Facebook or email, shall we? You can also learn more about my book in progress or read other family stories.)

New bylines always give me a feeling of accomplishment. Now if I can just live to see the day my New York Times essay goes live, I'll be a happy camper. I almost emailed the editor today for an update, but stopped myself. I'm afraid that if I do, she'll say she's lost interest and I'll be back at square one.

I've been listening to the audiobook version of Roxane Gay's memoir, Hunger, and it's been motivating me to write every chance I get. If you haven't followed her work for the past few years, you might be tempted to view Gay as an overnight success. But look at all these bylines and you'll realize the truth. That woman never takes her hands off the keyboard.

I have my work cut out for me. 

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I finally emailed the editor.

I finally emailed the editor.

An Evening at the Conestoga House and Gardens

An Evening at the Conestoga House and Gardens