Kelvin L. Reed grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin along with his five brothers. He attended college in his home state, eventually earning a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kelvin's first novel, Rookie Year: Journey of a First-Year Teacher, about a teacher who tames a group of unruly inner city students, was published in 1999. His second novel, Midnight Sunshine, a love story about a shy American accountant and his Philippine "mail-order bride," was published in 2003. His third book, President Pro Tem, published in 2010, was the first American novel to feature an African American female as the president of the United States. His fourth novel, Guilt by Association, about a black attorney defending a white supremacist who has killed a twelve-year black girl, was published in 2013. Once a Month is Kelvin's fifth novel.
Kelvin resides in Las Vegas with his wife, and currently works as a public school counselor. When he's not writing he enjoys reading, taking walks and watching reality crime shows.
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began (2016) is a disturbing true account about Alex Cooper who, as the title indicates, tells her parents she is gay. She is kicked out of the house immediately, and later sent for treatment by a Mormon couple, who abuse her physically and emotionally. Eventually allowed to attend high school, she is aided by an enlightened teacher, fellow high school friends and a lawyer to takes her case pro bono. A fascinating story. Highly recommended. March 12, 2018
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A Heinlein, originally published in 1955, is a futuristic YA science fiction novel about a group of high school and college student who become stranded on a hostile planet and must struggle to survive. Told mostly from the perspective of high school senior Rod Walker, the story starts a little slow but picks up considerably as the group fights the environment, carnivorous creatures—and each other. The 2015 multi-cast audiobook is well acted. Strongly recommended. March 5, 2018.