Kelley is an illustrator living in Washington. A homeschool alumni, Kelley received a BA in Japanese at San Jose State University and studied abroad in Japan for a semester. She received her MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University. In 2013 Kelley won the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship. Clients include Abrams Books, American Girl, Del Rey Books, Disney Hyperion, HarperCollins, Lifeway, MacMillan, Penguin Random House and Scholastic.