Assorted fiction and humor
“On June 20, 1975, the summer blockbuster was born. That movie was Jaws. Forty-five years later, author DiVitto Kelly taps into the nostalgia of the mid-70s, Jaws, and the greatest World Series ever played between the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox with the release of his new YA novel, Summer of the Shark.”
I am excited to announce that my new novel, Summer of the Shark, was officially released June 22. By the way, my name is DiVitto Kelly and welcome to my author website. Here, you’ll find info about my novels, upcoming events, and more.
I'll keep you posted on future book talks and release dates for my third novel, Finley. I also have a short story collection, Stiletto Hell and Other Tall Tales, that will be released sometime over the summer. My fourth novel, Sol, a vampire tale set in late 1970s Miami Beach, is my current work in progress.
DiVitto is originally from Indian Hill, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. At age 13, he and his family relocated to Longboat Key, Florida where he quickly developed a fascination for sharks and other sea creatures. He later moved to New Jersey where he developed a taste for Taylor ham, egg and cheese.
True story: One day while combing the beach for shells, he discovered an 18-inch hammerhead shark. Wanting to have the deceased fish stuffed, but finding the cost too expensive, he instead wrapped the shark in aluminum foil and strategically placed it in the back of the kitchen freezer, where his mom discovered it later. Somehow she was not too surprised.
As a kid, DiVitto read everything from newspapers to cereal boxes (and loved the word Riboflavin way before Kramer blurted it out on Seinfeld). Up until ninth grade, he aspired of becoming a professional basketball player. Kelly 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. He ventured to South Florida, eventually working for the Seminole Tribe of Florida where he managed the Dorothy Scott Osceola Memorial Library before becoming editor for their newspaper.
He joined the County library system where the idea of writing fiction fell into place. A co-worker started a writer’s group that peaked his interest. On one of his desk shifts, Kelly sneaked over and sat in one of the meetings. After the instructor abruptly resigned, he was asked to take the reins. Now saddled with writing short story fiction, he leaned on the help of the loyal group members. Through trial and error, DiVitto constructed his first short story titled, Go Fish. A few short stories later, he got the confidence and inspiration to begin his first novel.
DiVitto has a master’s degree in library science/media specialist from the University of South Florida (go Bulls) and is currently a library manager. In his spare time, DiVitto is a papier mache artist/instructor, creating everything from marine animals to super-sized Pop Tarts. Check out his artist website at www.divittokelly.com.
He lives in South Florida with his wife, Andrea, two children, and three adopted pets: a tortoiseshell cat named Bria, one insanely cute jet black Schipperke dubbed Bree, who sheds so much she should be bald five times over, and a Shiba Inu named Sheba. And despite decades removed from his hometown of Cincinnati, he remains a Bengal/Red die-hard. A fan of monster movies, he enjoys noshing on popcorn on Saturday nights savoring everything from killer croc films (check out Rogue and Black Water) to classic 1950s flicks like The Monolith Monsters. Episodes of MST3K always bring a smile to his face.