Kelly McDonald has been writing since she was in primary school. It was always her dream (and still is) to have her own stories published someday. After moving overseas for three years, she had the opportunity to sit down, learn her craft and develop her skills to a higher level. In 2011 She was ecstatic to come third in the CYA illustrators contest, and then was absolutely thrilled to come first in the same category in 2012.
In recent years she has begun to utilise her art to illustrate some of her own stories which she has been selling as personalised books. Her art work can also be found on a number of book jackets.
The lovely Dee White offered to mentor her in 2012, and this has been an enormous help to Kelly in becoming a much better writer. So far Kelly has completed 2 YA novels, is currently working on the Hollow (submission) and editing an array of her children's picture books.
Kelly has worked with children in kindergartens for the past 24 years, but her main job has been as the magical Faerie Crystall... a storyteller and magician. This job has enabled her to spread a little bit of magic and joy around Australia and Europe, and inspire little imaginations everywhere. She hopes to be able to continue to do this for many years to come.