About the Author

Kelly Lynn Colby is a writer of all things fantasy. Whenever she tries to create a mundane story, a dragon pops in to take over. She eventually stopped fighting and caved to the magic. The dragons must have known something she didn’t, because her debut novel, Tarbin’s True Heir, won a bronze medal in the IPPYs for fantasy.

For her day job, she works as the acquisitions editor for Inklings Publishing, a small press in Houston, TX. She chomps at the bit every day to search her email for the next novel she’ll love.

As an avid believer in the writing community, Kelly is an active member of the Houston Writers Guild and the SCBWI. She’s an alumnus of the Jody Lynn Nye Writers Workshop and the Superstars Writing Seminar. She encourages other writers by finding them opportunities to submit their work, even if she must create anthologies herself. Through events, such as the Writers Meet Up she hosts on Friday at Dragon Con in Atlanta and Comicpalooza in Houston, Kelly connects writers of varying experience together to share professional advice.

Her BS in biology hangs above her desk looking important while she writes about other worlds.


  • 2015 Winner for “Gabriella and Periwinkle” in the sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal category of the Houston Writers Guild Spring Contest
  • 2017 Houston Writers Guild Best Cover Art “Tarbin’s True Heir”
  • 2018 Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Bronze Medal for Fantasy “Tarbin’s True Heir”
  • 2019 BEST FICTION BOOK in the YA (Middle School) Shorts category from the Association of Texas Authors for “Winter Whimsy”