J. Kelley Skovron, writing as J.S. Kelley (and formerly Jon Skovron), was born in Ohio and raised jointly by a therapist, an attorney, a professor of criminal law, and a grape juice salesman. Tragically, Kelley was not able to enjoy the abundance of juice during their childhood, for they have been cursed since birth with a mysterious affliction that inexplicably prevents them from enjoying sweet foods or beverages of any kind.

The Queen of Izmoroz (April, 2021), is the second book in the Goddess Wars trilogy. The first book, The Ranger of Marzanna , which Publisher’s Weekly called “epic fantasy done right,” was published by Orbit Books in 2020. The final volume of the trilogy will be published in April 2022.

Their next novel, Gutter Mage, will be published on Sept 21, 2021. It is the debut of J.S. Kelley, and marks a bold new direction for the author.

Past projects include Hope and Red , the first book in their previous Empire of Storms trilogy, which is currently being released as a free, serialized audiobook, and can be found on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you download your podcasts.

They are also the author of several Young Adult novels, including Misfit (2011), which Holly Black called “a diabolically delightful paranormal about a teen girl discovering her inner strength and power — and her potential for darkness”. Man Made Boy (2013) was a Junior Library Guild selection and shortlisted for the Inky Reader’s Choice Award in Australia. io9.com said “If Man Made Boy hasn’t been optioned for a film or at least a CW series by the end of the year, we can be assured that Hollywood has actually forgotten how to read.” The audiobook, which Kelley recorded for Random House’s Listening Library, was named Best Fiction Read By Author for Publisher Weekly’s Listen-Up awards. The sequel, This Broken Wondrous World, also a Junior Library Guild selection, was published August, 2015. Their short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen’s Universe, and more recently in anthologies such as GRIM from Harlequin Teen and Summer Days and Summer Nights from St. Martins Press. 

Kelley lives on the East Coast with a dog, a cat, and two teenagers who really should have gotten driver’s licenses by now.

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