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Our Mentors

Kellye Garrett
This 2019, Kellye Garrett is mentoring Adult
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Kellye Garrett
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Kellye Garrett writes the Detective by Day mysteries about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who takes on the deadliest role of her life: Private Detective. The first, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel and was named one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. It was also a 2014 Pitch Wars selection. The second, Hollywood Ending, was featured on the TODAY show’s Best Summer Reads of 2019 and was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She now works for a leading media company and serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime. She met her agent, Michelle Richter of Fuse Literary, through the 2014 Pitch Wars Agent Showcase and has served as a mentor since 2015. She was also Managing Director for the program’s 2018 class and still serves on the Pitch Wars committee. You can learn more about Kellye at KellyeGarrett.com.

Michelle Richter
Fuse Literary

For Pitch Wars 2019, Kellye Garrett is co-mentoring with Mia P. Manansala.

Recent Favorite Books

The Kinsey Millhone novels by Sue Grafton
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
The Detective Lou Norton mysteries by Rachel Howzell Hall
The Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker and (now) Ace Atkins
The Tamara Hayle mysteries by Valerie Wilson-Wesley

Years Mentored
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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