J.C. Kelly

About J.C. Kelly

J.C. Kelly first learned about the drastic ramifications of peak oil by reading Matt Savinar’s The Oil Age Is Over: What to Expect as the World Runs Out of Cheap Oil, 2005-2050. Alarmed at how integral cheap oil is to our modern way of life in the west and just how easily our society could unravel, she was inspired to write Oil Slave. Unable to imagine herself surviving in a post oil crash world, she chose not to tell a story about day-to-day survival, but to explore the potential threats to equality and liberty. Both of her parents were highly intelligent, free thinking individuals and instilled the importance of critical thinking in their children. Therefore, her early affinity with punk rock and its politically laden lyrics and anti-authoritarian message came as no surprise. She also gravitated to all the best dystopian novels such as 1984, Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale, great philosophical novels such as Crime and Punishment and The Fall, and the best political novels like Animal Farm and To Kill a Mockingbird. Although she doesn’t consider herself a science fiction writer, she is attracted to the political and philosophical themes frequently inherent in the best science fiction books.

J.C. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University at Bloomington and has also studied Philosophy at Rutgers. She works as a freelance book editor and holds the Editing Certificate from NYU's Center for Publishing.

Author photo by Michael Keel