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Kelly McWilliams Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Doormat (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Agnes at the End of the World (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror Girls (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Your Plantation Prom Is Not Okay (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Moms Don't Have Time To(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Kelly McWilliams
Taking her readers on a journey of the imagination, American author Kelly McWilliams is a writer of scope and breadth, with a lot to say in her work. Allowing the readers to fully immerse themselves fully in her world, she really makes sure that her stories resonate on a personal level. Knowing her audience from the very beginning, she writes in manner that is both accessible and true to herself at the same time. This has proven to be a hugely successful formula for her, allowing her find a massive audience worldwide, with readers from all over relating to her intricately told stories.
Making a name for herself after being published at just fifteen, Kelly McWilliams has been a rising star in the world of Young Adult fiction for some time now. Impressing readers from all over with her first novel, she continues to develop as a writer with something important to say. Tackling a variety of different themes through her stories, from faith to humanity and its survival, McWilliams manages to cast a light on them unlike any other. Shaking up the world of science-fiction and fantasy, she shows what can really be done with the genres taking them to exciting and exhilarating new heights.
In her novels, McWilliams creates characters that are both strong and nuanced, drawn with a great degree of precision. Lasting for the readers too, they create an impact quite unlike any other, allowing her audience to really invest themselves. Drawing heavily from her own life, she looks to the world around her for inspiration, whilst also bringing in elements of science-fiction and fantasy to help elevate it. With a lot more planned in the pipeline, Kelly McWilliams is definitely a writer to watch in the following years to come.

Early and Personal Life:
Born and raised in Rockville, Maryland, in the United States, Kelly McWilliams would come to develop a passion for literature from early on. This would see her nurture it from a young age, as she would go on to be published during her adolescence, reaching a wide audience. Speaking from her own experience, she would be inspired by the world around her, writing novels and stories that spoke on a personal level.

Following her first foray into the world of publishing at just fifteen years of age, she then went on to graduate from Walnut Hill School, followed by studying at Brown University. Working for numerous different publications too, she’d write features for the ‘Seventeen’ magazine, along with working as a writer for ‘Romper’. This would lead to her making a strong name for herself, as she continues to write from her home in Colorado, living with her partner and their daughter.

Writing Career:
First making her entry into the world of publishing at fifteen while still in high-school, McWilliams would release the novel ‘Doormat’ in 2004. This would be a Young Adult stand-alone piece of fiction, drawing heavily from her own life and experiences, giving her view of the world. Drawing in readers from all over, many would find it to be a fresh and innovative take on the genre, providing an authentic and realistic voice for readers.

She would then go on to finish school and college, gaining a strong foundation in literature, whilst developing her voice as a writer. Then, in 2020, she would come out with her second novel titled ‘Agnes at the End of the World’, which was also a Young Adult stand-alone title, this time featuring a science-fiction fantasy slant to it. Undertaking a mentorship from the ‘We Need Diverse Books’ non-profit program, she would become a stronger more powerful voice, and one that has a lot more to say yet.

Originally brought out in 2004 on the 14th of September, this would later be released on 9th of May through the ‘Laurel Leaf’ publishing label. Not being a part of any overall series, it works entirely on its own merit, with a story and world that is entirely self-contained. It would also be the first novel from Kelly McWilliams, initially published when she was still a student in high-school. Writing it at such a young age, the story is extremely authentic, told from someone close to the characters, making it all the more believable.

Constantly finding herself in the shadow of her high-school friend, fourteen year old Jaime tired of her best friend Melissa always being the center of attention. Now Melissa believes she may be pregnant, which could potentially hold her back as she wants to be a model, and now she wants the help of Jaime. Taking the lead in a school play though, Jaime has her own thing going on, especially now she’s growing closer to Zach, and she wants to move on and become her own person. Is she going to be able to find herself? Can Melissa make her own way? Will Jaime stop being a doormat?

Agnes at the End of the World
First released through the ‘Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ publishing label, this would initially come out in 2020 on the 9th of June. A science-fiction story set in a post apocalyptic world, it would take themes of faith and hope, and transpose them to this futuristic landscape. The second novel to be released by McWilliams as well, it shows how far she’s come since her first, being another stand-alone title. There’s a number of different themes running throughout here too, with ideas of faith and what it means in an apocalyptic world seemingly without any.

Living in Red Creek, Agnes feels protected from the world, in a home that she loves and feels safe in, but it’s actually a cult overseen by a man known only as the Prophet. Controlling everything there, he’s a madman, and that’s when Agnes meets Danny from the outside, leading to her questioning everything. It’s apparently a sin for her to sneak in insulin for her brother, which she’s been doing, and it also appears that there’s a viral pandemic on the outside tearing through the population. Is it much safer on the outside than in? Can Agnes reckon with her connection between her and the Virus? What will become of Agnes at the end of the world?

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