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Lori Kristen Kelly spent her childhood in San Ramon, California making up ditties, poems and stories inside of her head.   As a child, she only liked reading the books with rhymes, and she has used that style of writing for her stories ever since.


Lori is a strong believer in self-love, self-acceptance and self-esteem and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016 from John F. Kennedy University.  She spends much of her free time volunteering and working with others who struggle with emotional issues.  She believes children can learn to develop positive self-esteem if they are properly shown how to do so.  She hopes that her fun, unique and enjoyable stories can help children learn to love and accept themselves for exactly who they are, and deal with situations appropriately as they come up in life.

Lori has lived in California, New York City, Athens, Greece and Milan, Italy.   She now lives back home in California.  She has one daughter, Sienna, who was her inspiration for many of her stories.  Lori and Sienna came up with the name “Donkey Ducks” one morning, eating breakfast, when Sienna was only 5 years old.  The name has stuck ever since.


Top 10 Fun Facts About Lori:

  1. She worked as a camp counselor for 6 years in high school and college.

  2. She drove a bus for the kids, and crashed the bus when it hydro-planed in the rain… Thankfully, no children were on the bus! Lori suffered a broken wrist, along with a fractured ego.

  3. Lori loves Mexican food and could eat burritos every single day of her life.

  4. Lori was a fashion model in her younger years, living in San Francisco, New York City, Athens, Greece and Milan, Italy.

  5. Lori’s daughter, Sienna, was born in Torino, Italy (Sienna is very proud of that).

  6. Lori volunteered at a local Suicide Hotline once a week, for almost 2 years.  She has learned to be a great listener.

  7. Lori left UC Davis at 20 years old to pursue her modeling career, and then went back to finish her degree in Psychology 19 years later.

  8. Her brother nicknamed her “ANNO” (like Little Orphan Annie) for her naturally curly hair when she was 10 years old.  He still calls her that to this day.  

  9. Lori loves to travel and explore new places.  She loves airports.

  10. She prefers warm over cold, sun over rain, and wakeboarding over snowboarding.


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