Suzy A Kelly was born in Ayrshire in 1975 and is a final year doctoral research student in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. They also hold the MLitt in Creative Writing (Dist.) from the same university.
Suzy is currently working on their debut gothic historical crime thriller, Vile Deeds of the Amazing Crab Girl, which combines Scottish serial killers with Victorian stage magicians. Opening in Victorian Glasgow, the novel transports us to Belle Époque Paris before ending in the electric chair in Gilded Age New York.
Suzy’s short fiction is rooted in the dark folklore, superstitions, and languages of Scotland and is published in New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, Gutter Magazine, and by the British Fantasy Society.
In 2021, Suzy was one of ten emerging writers commissioned by Nadine Aisha Jassat and the National Library of Scotland to write about their experiences of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic for the FRESH INK initiative. You can read ‘A Most Peculiar Way’ here.
Suzy’s short story, ‘Thrum’ was published in New Writing Scotland 37 and was selected for inclusion in A. L. Kennedy’s Short Story Masterclass in St Andrews in 2018 and won the Imprint Writing Awards in 2017.
After decades spent in Edinburgh and the Highlands and Islands, Suzy has returned home to Ayrshire to live by the sea with their two cats, Fonzie and Luna.