Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. She currently serves on the national Board of Directors of Sisters in Crime as its Publicity Liaison.
Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, released in August 2017 has won the Anthony Award and Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Lefty for Best Debut, and an Ippy Gold Medal for Best First Book, Fiction and has been nominated for Macavity and Barry Awards. Hollywood Homicide was a Library Journal Debut of the Month and described as a “winning first novel and series launch” in a starred review by Publishers Weekly. Hollywood Ending, her second book in the Detective by Day series, published in August, 2018, has been nominated for a Lefty Award.