Kelsey JosundPanel Science Fiction/Fantasy
Kelsey Josund is a software engineer and author of scifi, fantasy and new adult fiction, including a series of forthcoming feminist retellings of classic childhood fairytales. Originally from Seattle, Kelsey loves getting outdoors and escaping to the mountains on the weekends. She cares deeply about the ecosystems that humans impact and that impact them. Her writing explores these themes through the prism of traditional coming-of-age arcs of science fiction and fantasy. Kelsey loves stories and characters that complicate the traditional and familiar, leading her to rediscover old tales from new and unexpected angles. With a passion for storytelling in all its forms, Kelsey approaches writing fiction the same way she approaches writing code: she likes to know where it’s going, but wants to figure out details as she goes. She believes good software is a lot like a good story—full of neat and clever solutions to tricky problems, beautiful at a granular level but also from a distance. Kelsey lives and works in Silicon Valley with her partner and their cat. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, and is currently plotting her return to the Pacific Northwest and working on her next novel.