About the author

For over a decade, Matt Kelsey worked as an editor, reporter, copy editor and sportswriter at newspapers of all sizes, from the 250,000-circulation Kansas City Star to weekly papers in small towns dotting the map across the Midwest. Kelsey has been honored for his writing and editing abilities by the Missouri Press Association, the Kansas Press Association and the Arkansas Press Association. His award-winning stories have included a colorful history of the Interurban Railroad in the Kansas City area; a hard-news series about a gruesome murder in northwest Missouri; and the tale of an Arkansas boy with autism as the boy's parents struggle to find sanity in an insane world.

In 2003, Kelsey graduated summa cum laude from Park University in Parkville, Mo., and in his senior year he won the Golden Pen Award, which is given annually to the university's best student writer. He has a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism with a minor in public relations.

Besides his career in journalism, Kelsey has also worked as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. In his spare time Kelsey enjoys reading, watching baseball - particularly his hometown Kansas City Royals - and spending time with his wife of 10 years, Jamie, and their cats.