Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian fantasy and crime fiction writer whose works are often part of a larger series. The release of Thirteen in mid-2012 will mark the thirteenth and final novel in her urban fantasy Otherworld series. She has also written more than thirty short stories and novellas within that series.
Her other works include the teen paranormal Darkest Powers series, which is comprised of the novels The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning and 2012's The Calling in addition to more than half a dozen short stories. Kelley has also published two novels, with a third expected, in the Nadia Stafford crime thriller series about a female contract killer.
Armstrong earned a degree in psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She went on to study computer programming at Fanshawe College in the hopes of having more time to devote to writing. She sold her debut novel Bitten, the first novel in the Otherworld series, in 1999, and by 2002 she was writing full-time. Several of her novels, including The Awakening, have made it on The New York Times best sellers list.
Armstrong started telling tales of the paranormal as a child. Teachers asking her to write about dolls or girls were apt to receive stories where the dolls were evil and the girls were undead. Today, her novels and shorter works often feature werewolves, ghosts and demons.
Born in Sudbury in 1968, Armstrong grew up in London, Ontario. She now lives in rural southwestern Ontario with her husband, children and gaggle of pets.