About Nancy Kelly Allen

          My route to writing children's books is as winding as the mountain roads surrounding my home near Hazard, KY. I began my career as a social worker; then changed paths and taught social studies. From there I ventured into the world of books when I became a librarian. I have a Master's degree in Education from Morehead State University and another Master's degree in Library and Information Science  from the University of Kentucky.

       I have written more than 30 picture books and two middle grade books.  Shhhhhh! Here's a secret to my writing. I have two canine writing muses named Jazi and Roxi that dream up stories and pass them along to me. Here are photos of them with Roxi telling a tale...












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Nancy Kelly Allen

Hanging out with critters.

and Jazi dreaming of another.