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DiVitto Kelly

My name is DiVitto Kelly and welcome to my website. Here, you’ll find information about my writings: novels, short stories, screenplays, and TV sitcom based on my experiences working in public libraries.

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I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. At age 13, my family relocated to Longboat Key, Florida where I quickly developed a fascination with sharks and other sea creatures. Later, we moved to New Jersey where I developed a taste for Taylor ham, egg, and cheese.

True story: One day while combing the beach for shells, I discovered an 18-inch hammerhead shark. Wanting to have the deceased fish stuffed, but finding the cost too expensive, I wrapped it instead in aluminum foil and strategically placed it in the back of the kitchen freezer, where my mom discovered it later. Somehow, she was not too surprised.

As a kid, I read everything from newspapers to cereal boxes and loved the word Riboflavin way before Kramer blurted it out on Seinfeld. Up until ninth grade, I had aspired to become a professional basketball player. But at 5' 7" at the time, that probably wasn't going to happen. While commuting from Hoboken,  NJ, I worked briefly at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC and played bass guitar in a band (twice performing at famed CBGB) before spending way too much time employed at corporate-type jobs. My wife and I ventured to South Florida where I worked for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. I had the privilege of managing the Dorothy Scott Osceola Memorial Library before becoming the editor of their newspaper. I even volunteered to do runway during a Tribal fashion show. The Seminole elders got a kick out of that. 

After joining the local library system, the idea of writing fiction fell into place. A co-worker held a monthly writers' group that piqued my interest. During one of my desk shifts, I snuck over and sat in one of the meetings. A month or two later, I was asked if I wanted to head up the program. With an enthusiastic yes, I began crafting my first short story, Go Fish. About a dozen short stories later, I got the confidence and inspiration to start my first novel.

On the schooling side, I earned a bachelor's in Communications (Advertising) from FIU in advertising then later, earned a master’s degree in Library Science/Media Specialist from the University of South Florida. A certified diver, I'm also a papier mache artist and instructor, creating everything from colorful sharks to super-sized 6-foot Pop-Tarts. I really like Pop-Tarts.

On the family side, my wife Andrea and I have two children, Ronan and Fiona, along with three adopted pets: a tortoiseshell cat named Bria, one insanely cute jet-black Schipperke dubbed Bree, and a Shiba Inu named Sheba. And despite being decades removed from my hometown of Cincinnati, I remain a die-hard Bengals fan. Who Dey!

Divitto Kelly


You can contact me at I enjoy schmoozing about writing, horror films, Cincy sports, Saabs, sharks, and papier-mache art. I look forward to hearing from you.

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